Kentucky asks retailers to voluntarily discontinue sales of alcoholic energy drinks

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has sent a letter to manufacturers, distributors and retailers of malt beverages, asking that they voluntarily discontinue the sale and distribution of caffeinated alcoholic beverages.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) last week issued a warning, "… 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," said ABC Malt Beverage Administrator Stephanie Stumbo. "This voluntary action by the malt beverage industry is necessary while we await further information from the FDA on the safety of these drinks."

Among those 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
  • Max

Ohio and Indiana have also issued bans on alcoholic energy drinks.