Entries in Four Loko (3)


Joose, Four Loko to Be Pulled from Shelves by Mid-December

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- Warnings from the Food and Drug Administration to the manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages, like the popular and much criticized Four Loko, have not fallen on deaf ears.

The FDA Wednesday announced that “significant progress” has been made after four manufacturers were warned that the addition of caffeine to alcoholic beverages was not approved.

Phusion Projects, the maker of Four Loko, has advised the FDA that it has stopped shipments of its products and expects to have them off store shelves by Dec. 13.
The maker of another highly popular drink, Joose, expects to have its products off of shelves on the same day.  United Brands has also informed the FDA that it no longer markets Max, another caffeinated alcoholic beverage.

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FDA Declares Four Loko, Similar Beverages Unsafe

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WABC-TV New York(WASHINGTON) -- In an expected move, the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday launched a crackdown on popular alcoholic caffeinated drinks such as Four Loko, declaring the products unsafe.

The FDA has notified four companies marketing the popular drinks that adding caffeine to alcohol was unsafe and unapproved.  The FDA stated in letters to the companies that if they do not take steps within 15 days to halt sales of the products, the regulatory agency would obtain a court order to bar them.

In a written statement, Joshua M. Sharfstein, the FDA's principal deputy commissioner, declared the agency “does not find support for the claim that the addition of caffeine to these alcoholic beverages is generally recognized as safe, which is the legal standard.  To the contrary, there is evidence that the combinations of caffeine and alcohol in these products pose a public health concern.”

The FDA announcement came one day after Phusion Projects, the maker of Four Loko, announced it was removing caffeine and two other ingredients from the product.´╗┐

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Michigan First State to Ban 'Four Loko' Drink, Others May Follow

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- More states may follow Michigan's lead in banning the popular alcoholic energy drink Four Loko after reports that dozens of college students have been hospitalized after drinking too much Four Loko. Michigan's liquor control commission banned the retail sale of all alcoholic energy drinks statewide, including Four Loko, saying the drinks "present a threat to the public health and safety."

Commonly known among college students as "blackout in a can," one can of the fruity liquor malt combines 12 percent alcohol with a kick of caffeine sized to an average cup of coffee. The contrasting effects of consuming alcohol and stimulants conceal the effects of the alcohol.

Many college campuses sent notices to students warning about the potential dangers of alcoholic energy drinks, and some campuses, such as the University of Rhode Island, have banned the drink. But now, advocates in New York and Oregon are pushing for a statewide sales ban.

The Food and Drug Administration is already investigating caffeinated alcoholic drinks, including Four Loko, and is asking for justification for putting caffeine in the beverages. Attorneys general in New York and New Jersey have also called for federal investigations following incidents involving college students in those states.

The Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania (MBDA) Tuesday also asked its members statewide to stop sale of and remove Four Loko from store shelves due to health and safety concerns.

“Until the safety questions and other concerns about Four Loko are resolved, MBDA is asking its members not to sell this item," David Shipula, MBDA President, wrote in a letter to more than 600 beer distributors. "We hope all other licensee trade associations will carefully consider this issue and advise their members also to halt sales."

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