Franklin County

State asks companies to stop selling alcoholic drinks with caffeine

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has asked manufacturers, distributors and retailers of malt beverages to voluntarily stop the sale and distribution of caffeinated alcoholic beverages.

The Federal Drug Administration last week issued a news release saying that it had warned "four companies that the caffeine added to their malt alcoholic beverages is an 'unsafe food additive' and said that further action, including seizure of their products, is possible under federal law."

"It is the mission of ABC to combat underage drinking and protect the public from possible dangers," ABC malt beverage administrator Stephanie Stumbo said in a press release. "This voluntary action by the malt beverage industry is necessary while we await further information from the FDA on the safety of these drinks."

The four companies have been given 15 days to respond to the FDA letter and show corrective measures that they think can address the concerns.

Among the caffeinated alcoholic drink brands targeted by the FDA are Core High Gravity HG Green, Core High Gravity HG Orange, Lemon Lime Core Spiked, Moonshot, Four Loko, Joose and Max.