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FDA warns makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages, threatens sales halt

November 18, 2010
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Silver Spring, Md. - Alcoholic beverages to which caffeine has been added as a separate ingredient have raised health concerns at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as in other federal, state, and local agencies. Yesterday, the FDA sent warning letters to makers of the beverages, stating that the makers had failed to demonstrate that the beverages combining alcohol and caffeine were "generally recognized as safe." FDA gave the makers 15 days to respond to its letter, after which court action to halt the sales of these beverages could begin. In a separate statement yesterday, White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske condemned the use of these caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CABs), saying, “These products are designed, branded, and promoted to encourage binge drinking, and I commend the FDA for acting promptly to curb their sale. These drinks are especially unhealthy and dangerous because they combine alcohol and caffeine – and present a further concern when used by young people. Acting early to protect public health is critical and a vital component of the Obama Administration’s effort to reduce drug use and its consequences.” Complete details of the FDA's actions toward the CAB makers, as well as the complete text of its consumer warning about CABs can be found at a new health information page athttp://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm233987.htm.



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