Franchot wants caffeinated alcoholic beverages pulled
Comptroller Peter Franchot called the drinks “a clear public health and public safety threat,” this morning at a Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis. He said that he's been working with industry representatives for about a week to come to an agreement that would pull them from the shelves.
Bruce Bereano, a lobbyist for two major liquor wholesalers in Maryland, said his clients would agree to the ban. "They will cooperate," he said. Bereano did not know exactly when the beverages would be pulled.
Dangers associated with the drinks have been the source of national news stories in recent days, and Franchot said the Federal Drug Administration appears poised take action some action today on the topic, possibly banning the drinks. The comptroller said he wants companies to yank the drinks before that expected administrative process plays out.
The action might not be necessary, according to news reports Four Loko, one of the major manufacturers of the drink, is going remove caffeine and a few other ingredients from the beverage.