Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages Banned


Caffeinated alcoholic beverages may soon be a thing of the past. On November 17, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to four manufacturers of beverages containing both alcohol and caffeine, such as Four Loko and Joose, admonishing the companies for violations of federal law and effectively banning the beverages from store shelves throughout the country. The FDA deemed the added caffeine in the companies’ malt alcoholic beverages an ‘unsafe food additive’ and directed the companies to take immediate action to remedy the violation or face possible seizure of the products.

The following companies received the FDA’s warning letter:

Charge Beverages Corp., manufacturer of Core High Gravity HG, Core High Gravity HG Orange, and Lemon Lime Core Spiked, New Century Brewing Co., LLC, manufacturer of Moonshot, Phusion Projects, LLC (doing business as Drink Four Brewing Co.), manufacturer of Four Loko, and United Brands Company Inc., manufacturer of Joose and Max.

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