Conn. Firms To Suspend Deliveries Of Four Loko

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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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One Comment

  1. ethan says:

    that is stupid, any alcoholic drink could have adverse side effects. what is to say i buy myself a handle of dubra and drink 3 monsters or 5 coffees and call it a night versus spending the affordable $2.50 on a four loko. It is one of those things where it really should be up to the responsibility of the drinkers to watch out for themselves. My only suggestion would not be to ban or prevent distribution of them, but instead to put warning labels on them as there are on regular energy drinks. People that are stupid will always do stupid things whether it be with 4 loko or with some other alcoholic beverage.

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