Schumer Calls For Ban On Caffeinated Alcohol Drinks

Law360 (November 11, 2010, 2:32 PM EST) -- Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has urged the New York State Liquor Authority to issue an immediate ban on the distribution and sale of caffeinated alcoholic beverages, saying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been too slow to issue a decision on the safety of these so-called alcopops.

The increasingly popular drinks, which have survived a 2008 and 2009 push by state attorneys general to pull them from market shelves, raise serious health risks and have been implicated in alcohol-related emergencies, hospitalizations and deaths around the country, Schumer said in a letter to the commissioners of the Liquor Authority.

Because the...

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