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Additional states consider Four Loko ban

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (KWWL) -- Two more states are moving to stop the sale of Four Loko.  24-ounces of the drink is equivalent to four beers, a red bull and a shot of espresso.

The caffeinated alcoholic drink is already banned in four states including Washington, Michigan, Utah, and California.

Now, it's taking heat in Massachusetts, where regulators are moving to ban it.

In Connecticut, liquor wholesalers have agreed to voluntarily stop shipment of the product.

The company said it has submitted a "Generally Regarded as Safe" (GRAS) study in which an independent panel of scientific experts found that adding caffeine to alcohol is safe.

Phusion Products, the producer of Four Loco, says in the release on their website if mixing caffeine and alcohol is the most pressing concern, addressing it by making a law that covers all alcoholic beverages is better than targeting specific brands.

The Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing the products' safety.

"If product-specific bans remain the preferred course of action, we will protect our rights as a business to the fullest extent of the law," the release says.

The company continues to say, "While we don't agree with the notion that mixing caffeine and alcohol is inherently unsafe, we do agree with the goal of keeping adults of legal age who choose to drink responsibly as safe and as informed as possible."

Phusion Products says  they have added multiple additional label warnings to cans at the request of regulators and alcohol-by-volume warnings are in a font as large as is allowed by law.

Where required, the product is sold in versions with reduced alcohol content.

The company said it is ultimately up to the consumer as to whether or not they want to consume the product and they will fight for the rights of their product until everything is settled.

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