Post by Randy G Post by frndthdevl
2 of the incidents cited as a need to nanny up were in Floriduh, with
under age drinkers. One died mixing it with diet pills, and one
accidentally shot himself while drunk.
I guess that is a great excuse for Democratic politicans to express
But seriously, what is the upside for Democrats to push this issue? Is
that going to win independant voters back in 2012?
This better not affect me being able to drink a coffee stout.
FDA targets South Shore beer entrepreneur because of caffeine
By Jon Chesto
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 18, 2010 @ 05:00 AM
COHASSET — A Cohasset entrepreneur found herself swept up in the
frenzied government backlash to the Four Loko craze when she was told
by the Food and Drug Administration that she essentially should stop
selling a caffeinated beer that she launched in 2004.
Rhonda Kallman, who sells Moonshot beer through her New Century
Brewing Co., said she was surprised to receive a warning letter on
Wednesday from the FDA. The letter was similar to one that was sent to
the creators of Four Loko, a caffeinated beverage with a much higher
The warning letter informs Kallman that the FDA determined that her
product is not safe for consumption because of its caffeine. The
letter instructs her to promptly fix the violation or the FDA could
take punitive action, including the possible seizure of beer bottles.
Kallman, who runs New Century out of her house and contracts with a
brewery to make the beer, said the letter essentially represents a ban
on the sale of Moonshot.
“The FDA has come out of nowhere like cowboys riding into town,” said
Kallman, whose firm also sells Edison Light beer. “They handled this
very amateurishly. ... It’s Prohibition, in 2010. I’m a small,
independent brewer that followed all the rules. I spent seven years of
time, money and energy giving beer lovers something they want.”
Without any full-time employees, Kallman has struggled at times to get
Moonshot into stores. She said the pilsner beer is available in only
about 50 locations in the Boston, Los Angeles and Atlanta markets.
Kallman said she gave the FDA information about her product after the
agency sent requests a year ago to several companies that sold
beverages with alcohol and caffeine. But she suspects that this week’s
report was rushed by the FDA because of the increasing controversy
around Four Loko.
This week, the FDA sent warning letters to four companies that sell
malt beverages with caffeine, telling them caffeine can have a masking
effect that can cause naive drinkers to consume too much alcohol.
Chicago-based Phusion Projects, which sells Four Loko, was among the
other companies to get warning letters. On Tuesday night, Phusion
announced it would reformulate Four Loko – which has roughly three
times as much alcohol as beer – so it no longer contains caffeine and
other stimulants. Several states had already banned Four Loko, and
Massachusetts regulators are preparing to crack down on sales of the
The FDA gave Kallman 15 days to respond to the agency’s warning
letter, but she said she’s not sure of her next step.
“This is a witch hunt,” Kallman said. “It could and should be
regulated, not banned.”