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FDA Ending the Caffeinated Malt Liquor Party

Well, it couldn't last forever: the FDA has issued a warning letter to four companies that produce caffeinated alcoholic beverages saying the caffeine in their products is an "unsafe food additive" and that further legal action may be taken. The FDA is making this recommendation after reviewing available literature, consulting with experts and performing their own laboratory analysis. That last bit sounds fun!

The companies include Charge Beverages Corporation (Core High Gravity HG, Core High Gravity HG Orange, Lemon Lime Core Spiked), New Century Brewing Company (Moonshot), United Brands Company (Joose, Max) and Phusion Projects (Four Loko).

White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske has said that he'd back a ban of the stuff, and Four Loko has already decided to make a caffeine-free version of their drink. In case that doesn't do it for you, you better start stockpiling the stuff. Or not: as far as we know, Red Bull and vodka's still legal.

· FDA Warning Letters Issued to Four Makers of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages [FDA]
· White House backs 'Four Loko' ban [The Hill]
· All Four Loko Coverage on Eater [-E-]

An endangered sight? [Photo: Getty]

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