FDA Set to Ban Caffeine in Alcoholic Drinks
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2010 Nov 18
The controversial Four Loko drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol and that may have played a role in sending some college students to hospitals could soon be banned in the United States, based on an announcement from the office of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
The Food and Drug Administration will rule that caffeine is an unsafe food additive to alcoholic beverages, and the move will effectively prohibit the sale of Four Loko, Joose and other similar drinks, according to Schumer's office. The Federal Trade Commission will join the campaign by notifying manufacturers of these drinks that they are engaged in potential illegal marketing, Schumer's office said.
Tuesday's announcement follows a growing nationwide campaign to crack down on the sale and use of caffeinated alcoholic beverages. Before New York's announced action over the weekend, four other states had banned the products.