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November 15, 2009

FDA Warning Letters to Caffeinated Alcohol drink makers

From the Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is taking aim at caffeinated alcoholic drinks, saying it will pull them off the market unless manufacturers can prove the beverages are safe to drink.

On Friday, the FDA sent letters to nearly 30 companies, giving them 30 days to provide evidence that their drinks don't pose health or safety risks.

The FDA hasn't approved the use of caffeine in alcoholic beverages, and companies might have to show that experts generally think mixing caffeine and alcohol is safe for consumers.

Comments posted on the WSJ website ask whether this will make it illegal to serve rum and Coke, Irish coffee, or black/white Russians.

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Isn’t the real issue about easily accessible high-caffeine beers being advertised to mimic non-alcoholic energy drinks rather than drinks with trace amounts of caffeine that results from other flavor ingredients (e.g. guarana, chocolate, coffee).

After decades of rum and cola or Irish coffee, are people really trying to say that mixing caffeine and alcohol is unsafe?

Posted by: henry8833 | Nov 18, 2009 8:29:17 AM

This is just like Sparks, Mudslides, or other contraptions made by the wine coolers and girly drinks in the beer aisle.

Posted by: SpanoLatte | Jan 20, 2010 11:38:50 AM

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