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Four Loko Maker Agrees to Marketing Restrictions to Resolve Legal Issues

The company behind the flavored malt beverage Four Loko has agreed to stop selling caffeinated alcoholic drinks and to restrict social media-based marketing of its products to those 21 and older. Phusion Projects LLC of Chicago was responding to 20 state attorneys general and the City of San Francisco, which had alleged that its products… Continue Reading

Beer Wholesalers Join Public Health to Oppose Four Loko Settlement

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission took public comments on a proposed settlement with the alcohol company Phusion Projects, which makes a beverage line called Four Loko.  You might recall in 2010 how that product gained much notoriety for sending scores of college students to the emergency room as a result of its dangerous combination… Continue Reading

Why the Crackdown on Four Loko is Justified

As of last week, the popular alcoholic energy drink Four Loko has met its demise.  The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter on Nov. 17 to manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks stating that they found the combination of caffeine and alcohol in these drinks to be “unsafe.” Not a surprising outcome when you consider… Continue Reading

Feds Declare Caffeinated Alcohol Drinks Unsafe

The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday warned four companies that the caffeine blended into their malt-alcohol beverages is an “unsafe food additive” and threatened to take action, including seizure of their products, to halt the sale of the drinks. A similar warning was issued by the Federal Trade Commission, which said marketing such beverages “may… Continue Reading

FDA Moves to Ban Alcoholic Energy Drinks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule this week that caffeine is an unsafe food additive to alcoholic beverages, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Tuesday. The agency’s ruling will effectively prohibit the sale of controversial alcoholic energy drinks in the United States.  Schumer also announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans… Continue Reading

DeLauro to FDA: Act on Alcoholic Energy Drinks

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), chairwoman of the FDA and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, yesterday joined the chorus of lawmakers and public health officials calling for a serious look at alcoholic energy drinks, which have become extremely popular with young adults. A recent slew of incidents involving Four Loko, a flavored, caffeinated malt liquor beverage widely known… Continue Reading

Washington Bans Caffeinated Alcohol Drinks

Washington has barred the sale of pre-mixed caffeinated alcohol beverages. The Washington State Liquor Control Board voted unanimously Wednesday to impose a statewide ban on alcohol energy drinks similar to those already announced in Michigan, Oklahoma and Utah. Washington’s new rule takes effect Nov. 18. Both Washington’s Democratic governor, Christine Gregoire, and its Republican attorney… Continue Reading