Friday, November 19, 2010

Alcohol and Caffeine -FDA says "Stop"

Woodstock District 200 circulated an announcement last week from the FDA about the addition of caffeine to alcohol drinks. I must lead a sheltered life; I've never even heard of the drinks mentioned in the announcement.

The FDA disagrees with the drink makers that such an addition to alcoholic drinks is safe. It warns the drink makers of further action.

The companies receiving warning letters and their products are:

• Charge Beverages Corp.: Core High Gravity HG, Core High Gravity HG Orange, and Lemon Lime Core Spiked
• New Century Brewing Co., LLC: Moonshot
• United Brands Company Inc.: Joose and Max
• Phusion Projects, LLC (doing business as Drink Four Brewing Co.): Four Loko

According to the FDA's announcement, "(Four Loko’s maker) had announced that it was removing caffeine, guarana and taurine from its 23.5-ounce cans of potent malt liquor. Phusion previously announced that it was voluntarily ceasing sales in New York after officials there pushed to ban the dangerous concoctions."

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