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Production of Four Loko, Other Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks Stopped

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.

four lokoThe 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.

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No More Shipments of Four Loko to New York State!

A report on The New York Times shared that Phusion Projects, the manufacturer of the controversial caffeinated alcoholic beverage Four Loko, has voluntarily agreed to stop shipments of the product to New York State, starting Friday.

Four LokoThe announcement was made by New York state officials on Sunday. The State Liquor Authority, and Gov. David A. Paterson, said that distributors will be given until December 10 to clear their inventory of Four Loko. A longer grace period, albeit unspecified, will be given to groceries, bodegas, and candy stores.

In a news conference outside of the offices of the liquor authority in Harlem, State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein said: “This is going to protect our young people… this is going to make sure our young people no longer have access to this dangerous product. But I don’t think our work is done.”

Phusion Projects founder and managing partner Jaisen Freeman issued a statement regarding the fact that the company voluntarily decided to halt shipments, saying in part: “We think it shows that we are not turning a deaf ear to what’s going on… that a select few have chosen to abuse our products, drink them while under age or break the law and sell them to minors.”

This is the latest update involving Four Loko and other products like it. In previous posts, we shared bans imposed on caffeinated alcoholic beverages in the states of Michigan and Washington. Four Loko has an alcohol content of 12 percent, and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee; it became the source of controversy after students who consumed it ended up hospitalized, in separate incidents in New Jersey and Washington.

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