HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut liquor wholesalers have agreed to voluntarily suspend their shipment and deliveries of a caffeinated alcoholic drink that has been banned in four states.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell said on Monday that they have secured the deal to curb the distribution of Four Loko and two similar beverages, including Four Maxed and Joose.
The popular drinks have been banned in Washington, Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma.
Four Loko is made by Chicago-based Phusion Projects. A 23.5-ounce can has an alcohol content of 12 percent, comparable to four beers. Its co-founder says the company believes that mixing alcohol and caffeine is safe.
College students have been hospitalized after drinking the beverages, including in New Jersey, where one school banned them on campus.
The federal Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the products’ safety.
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