FDA May Soon Enforce Against Alcohol-Energy Drinks

November 16, 2010

Action against marketers of alcohol-containing energy drinks could soon come in the form of FDA warning letters, according to an article published today in the New York Times.

Action against marketers of alcohol-containing energy drinks could soon come in the form of FDA warning letters, according to an article published today in the New York Times.

The newspaper reports that FDA, which has spent the last year reviewing the safety of energy drinks containing both alcohol and caffeine, could “take a stand on the drinks as soon as Wednesday.”

While FDA declined to speak on the matter, the article reports, food-safety lawyers believe the agency may issue warning letters to manufacturers of such products, stating that the products are adulterated and not Generally Recognized as Safe.

The article also reports that several states are attempting to ban these products themselves.

Some believe that taking alcohol in combination with caffeine is hazardous. “Caffeine masks the effects of alcohol, doctors say, tricking users into believing they can keep drinking well past the point of drunkenness,” the Times authors write.