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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Manufacturers of Several Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

Today, the Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to 4 manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages, indicating that their products present a public health concern and violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FFDCA), because the manufacturers have not shown that their beverage combinations of caffeine and alcohol are generally recognized as safe.

Warning letters were sent to Charge Beverages Corp. (for Core High Gravity HG, Core High Gravity HG Orange, and Lemon Lime Core Spiked), New Century Brewing Co., LLC (Moonshot), United Brands Company Inc. (Joose and Max), and Phusion Projects, LLC (Four Loko).  Four Loko has been the subject of prior posts on this blog.

These companies were given 15 days to document that they have implemented steps to "remedy the violation and prevent its recurrence".

The action could result in seizure of these products under federal law.

Phusion Projects, LLC already has indicated that they will remove caffeine from Four Loko.

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