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U.S. Senators Tell FDA Alcoholic Energy Drinks Unsafe and Possibily Illegal

11 August 2010

U.S. Senators Tell FDA Alcoholic Energy Drinks Unsafe and Possibily Illegal Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MI), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have joined forces in a recent letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on the agency to "immediately make public its findings from an investigation into possible health risks posed by so-called 'energy drinks' that combine alcohol and caffeine."

The senators also say that "alcoholic energy drinks appear to be marketed to underage teens, misleading parents and law enforcement by designing labels and containers so the products resemble non-alcoholic energy drinks." The senators want the FDA to complete its investigation and issue a report of the findings to the public.

Back in November of 2009 that the FDA announced it was investigating the safety and legality of alcoholic energy drinks. It sent letters to nearly 30 manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks (also known as caffeinated alcoholic beverages) demanding that these manufacturers produce evidence within 30 days that their products were safe and indicated that the FDA would take appropriate regulatory action, including possible product seizures if these manufacturers could not could not provide adequate proof of safety. However, to date, no further action has been taken by FDA, which makes the senators’ letter all the more important.

Marin Institute has been at the forefront of the fight to get potentially dangerous alcoholic energy drinks off the market and commended the FDA last year the FDA for its actions in 2009. We also recently thanked Senator Schumer for his earlier letter to the Federal Trade Commission on this issue. We hope that the addition of three more U.S. senators in this call to action will encourage the FDA to take action to remove these potentially dangerous products from the market place once and for all.

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