Maine stops selling alcoholic energy drink

Posted Nov. 19, 2010, at 5:16 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine distributors have agreed to stop selling an alcoholic energy drink after the Food and Drug Administration warned manufacturers that the caffeine is an “unsafe food additive.”

The Maine attorney general said Friday that four distributors no longer will sell the drink made by Joose.

Four Loko, a similar beverage, never was sold in Maine.

Phusion Projects, which manufactures Four Loko, announced late Tuesday that it would reformulate its drinks, removing caffeine.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills praised the distributors and the FDA for what she called a reasonable response to a serious public safety issue.