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The national push to get rid of caffeine out of some alcohol drinks is making big news across the Untied States. The Food and Drug Administration sent out letters to four companies, warning that, as used in their products, caffeine is an "unsafe food additive" under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

“Consumers might mistakenly assume that these beverages are safe because they are widely sold,” said David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.  “In fact, there is good reason to believe that these caffeinated alcohol drinks pose significant risks to consumer health and safety.  Consumers – particularly young, inexperienced drinkers – may not realize how much alcohol they have consumed because caffeine can mask the sense of intoxication.”
The FTC letters strongly urge the companies to review the way they are marketing their caffeinated alcohol drinks and to “take swift and appropriate steps to protect consumers.”  The FTC has instructed the companies to notify the agency within 15 days of the actions they have taken.

All four companies responded to the request and either have removed or in the process of removing products from the shelves. The Alcohol beverages are Joose, Four Loko,Core High Gravity, Core Spiked, and El Jefe carbonated malt beverages and  Moonshot. 

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