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The U.S. FDA announced that it is considering a nationwide ban on alcoholic energy drinks, nicknamed 'blackout in a can'. The statement resulted in the Chicago-based company Phusion Projects deciding to remove caffeine from its Four Loko product.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is very concerned that alcoholic energy drinks are unsafe, especially after people have died drinking them.

The primary concern is that these drinks contain both alcohol and caffeine, and this combination has been linked with many health issues and even deaths, especially among college students.

In fact, Richard Blumental, the attorney general from Connecticut, was recently quoted: "Prohibiting these drinks will literally save lives, preventing potentially deadly mayhem and overdrinking." [Washington Post: 'Maker of Four Loko to remove caffeine from alcoholic drinks']

Besides Phusion Projects, around thirty companies market these alcoholic energy drinks in the United States.

Consequently, the U.S. regulatory agency is now considering a countrywide ban on these very 'controversial' drinks.

Based on this announcement, it is now being reported that Phusion Projects will remove the caffeine from its products.

The Tuesday, November 16, 2010 media report announcing this change is entitled 'Phusion Projects to Remove Caffeine, Guarana and Taurine from Products.'

The company's statement begins: 'Phusion Projects today announced the company's intent to reformulate its products to remove caffeine, guarana and taurine nationwide, saying it has taken the necessary steps to do so and is informing its employees and distributors of the plans. Going forward, Phusion will produce only non-caffeinated versions of Four Loko.'

Page two continues with further comments from the company, along with related videos.


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William Atkins

William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University