All the controversy surrounding caffeinated alcoholic beverages have culminated in the stopping of production and shipment of seven products.
According to a report on CNN, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the announcement on Wednesday, regarding the various actions that manufacturers have made in response to the warning letters sent by the agency. The FDA warned the manufacturers that caffeine was an “unsafe food additive,” and that the addition of caffeine to the alcoholic beverages was not approved by the agency.
The announcement also came in the wake of a series of announcements from states that banned the products, which included Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington, Utah, and Oklahoma.
In a previous post, we already shared the action taken by Phusion Projects, the manufacturer of Four Loko. The company has opted to voluntarily stop shipments, specifically to the state of New York. Phusion Projects has stopped producing caffeinated alcoholic beverages, and it expects its products to be off store shelves by December 13.
United Brands, based in San Diego, California, also expects to have its products off store shelves by December 13. It has stopped shipping the beverage Joose, and ceased marketing another drink, Max. Both products were listed in the warning letter sent out by the FDA.
Charge Beverages Corp. of Portland, Oregon, the manufacturer of Core High Gravity HG, Core High Gravity HG Orange, and Lemon Lime Core Spiked, has stopped producing the drinks in September. The company also stopped shipping the products in early November.
The manufacturer of Moonshot, Boston-based New Century Brewing, has stopped producing the drink as well.