FDA: Alcoholic energy drinks to be off shelves in December

By Mary Clare Jalonick
Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration says major brands of caffeinated alcoholic drinks should be off store shelves by mid-December.

The FDA issued warning letters to four companies earlier this month, saying their drinks were unsafe. The agency said the combination of caffeine and alcohol in the drinks can lead to a "wide-awake drunk" and have led to alcohol poisoning, car accidents and assaults.

The agency said Wednesday that Phusion Projects, maker of Four Loko, and United Brands Co., maker of Joose, are no longer shipping the products and expect them to be off store shelves by Dec. 13.

Charge Beverages and New Century Brewing said they no longer are producing their alcoholic energy drinks.

At least four states have banned the beverages.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

I would like to know how much time was wasted debating such utterly insignificant pieces of legislation while REAL issues like governmental efficiency and job creation are put on the back burner... How in the #%(( Do these issues even get put on the agenda in the first place?!?!?!?!??!

This is stupid. If their banning this drink because it causes assaults and car accidents, why isn't non-caffinated alcohol still legal? If anything they should make alcohol illegal, and make caffinated alcohol legal in a lower proof than four loko. At least that way the drunks won't be passed out on sober societys sidewalks.

When they take it off the shelves, the kids will figure a way to make their own brew.