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FDA Warns Four Companies About Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

November 17, 2010: 09:45 AM EST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to four makers of caffeine-laced malt beverage makers notifying them that caffeine is an “unsafe food additive” and the products ”pose a public health concern.” The companies have 15 days to respond and have the right to appeal. However, the FDA said further action is possible, including seizure of the products. The products in question are Core High Gravity HG, Core High Gravity HG Orange, Lemon Lime Core Spiked; Moonshot; Four Loko); and Joose and Max. The FDA said its decision came after a review of scientific studies and company literature, and consultation with toxicology and other medical experts. One of the companies, Phusion Projects, LLC, maker of Four Loko, has already said it will remove caffeine and other stimulants from its drinks.

Michael Herndon, "FDA Warning Letters issued to four makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages", News release, U.S. FDA, November 17, 2010, © FDA
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