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November 30, 2010

City bans Four Loko and other caffeine-alcohol drinks

Baltimore's health commissioner has decided to ban caffeine-infused alcohol drinks such as Four Loko on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's determination that the drinks are unsafe. (read the story here.)

The ban, which takes effect Thursday at 5 p.m., gives the city the ability to fine retailers and bars that still sell the drinks.

Those merchants already needed to take the stuff off the shelves because of the FDA ban and because of an agreement with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot made with retailers.

Four Loko's maker Phusion Projects said it should have all its drinks off shelves by Dec. 13.

These drinks are specifically listed in the ban: Four Loko, Core High Gravity HG Green, Core High Gravity HG Orange, Lemon Lime Core Spiked, Moonshot, FourLoko, Joose and Max.

The ban does NOT impact on other drinks where caffeine is naturally occuring such espresso vodka. It also doesn't impact craft beers or mixed drinks.

Is this fair? Do you drink Four Loko and how does it impact you?

Posted by Meredith Cohn at 1:08 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Consumer health


I deffinently think that these controls go over the line of what this governments duty is to the citzen of the country. It is not there responsibility to save me from myself. What ever happened to the meaning of the words, FREEDOM, or LIBERTY. I have a mother. I have a father. I don't need a government that thinks they know what is best for me. Inform me. Advise me. Then let me decide.

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.

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