FDA Declares Alcoholic Energy Drinks 'Unsafe'

Federal government may seize them
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2010 1:34 PM CST
In this Nov. 10, 2010 file photo, Four Loko alcoholic energy drinks are seen in the cooler of a convenience store, in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

(Newser) – The FDA has declared alcoholic energy drinks unsafe for consumption, and warned companies that the federal government may seize them if they don’t switch to decaf. Regulators have sent warning letters to Charge Beverages, New Century Brewing, United Brands, and Phusion Projects, the makers of Four Loko, Bloomberg reports. The move follows a yearlong investigation into consumer complaints.

Of course, Phusion Projects already promised to pull the caffeine from Four Loko, after it was banned in Michigan, Washington state, and some colleges. The FDA says it will “work with Phusion Projects, LLC, and the other manufacturers to assure their products meet safety standards.”

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