SNOHOMISH WASHINGTON NEWSPAPER Tuesday, September 2, 2014   
Snohomish Times News
Home | Business News | County News | Entertainment | Local News | Photo Gallery | Prep Sports | Roads Traffic News | Snohomish News Archive | Shop Snohomish

AG McKenna: alcoholic energy drinks are a recipe for disaster

Windermere Snohomish Kathie Salvadalena
Published:2009-11-16 Safety
AG McKenna: alcoholic energy drinks are a recipe for disaster    Print Snohomish Times    
Snohomish VIC Looking at Ave D and First
Snohomish River and Historic First Street

They have names like "Joose" and "Max Fury." According to state attorneys general, these super-caffeinated alcoholic concoctions may not be safe. And worse, theyre being marketed to young people.

Thats why for more than two years, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and other AGs have been sounding the alarm about alcoholic energy drinks (AEDs). Today theyre applauding the federal governments decision to look into the issue. "Alcohol plus caffeine equals a serious health threat, especially for young people," McKenna said.

"The jolt of caffeine or other stimulants masks the feeling of intoxication. Health professionals say that leads to more risk-taking behavior, traffic accidents, violence, sexual assault, and suicide." McKenna joined the chief legal officers of 18 other jurisdictions in applauding the Food and Drug Administrations recognition of the potential harm of alcoholic energy drinks.

The FDA announced today its requesting that manufacturers of AEDs support claims that the drinks are safe under FDA regulations. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, a substance food additive is unsafe and unlawful unless its use has been approved by the FDA or if there is evidence, generally known and accepted by qualified experts, that its safe. "The increasing popularity of consumption of caffeinated alcoholic beverages by college students and reports of potential health and safety issues necessitates that we look seriously at the scientific evidence as soon as possible," Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner of food and drugs, said in a release.

State AGs have longstanding concerns about AEDs. In 2007, 30 attorneys general, including McKenna, urged the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to stop alcohol manufacturers from making misleading health-related statements when advertising alcoholic beverages combined with caffeine or other stimulants. In 2008, AG McKenna and 24 state AGs pressed MillerCoors Brewing to drop Sparks Red, an energy drink with boosted alcohol content.

The same year, several AGs launched investigations of MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, two major producers of AEDs. Each company eventually agreed to cease production of the stimulant-infused beverages altogether. However, other AED manufacturers have stepped in to fill the void with products packaged in larger volume containers (23.5 oz.) and containing a higher percentage of alcohol (up to 12%) than was in MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch products. On Sept. 25, the Attorneys General wrote to the Food and Drug Administration, urging them to examine whether the use of caffeine in alcoholic beverages is considered safe under FDA regulations.

They included a letter from scientists and medical professionals who argue that adding caffeine and other stimulants to alcoholic beverages pose serious public health risks. The FDA has given the AED manufacturers 30 days to submit the requested information. "State AGs have been working on this for years," McKenna added. "Im gratified that today the federal government is taking action."

 




Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni
Bassekou is a virtuoso picker, musical visionary, and Africa's greatest instrumentalist whose work blurs the lines between West African and American Roots music


Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Detective Honored for Crisis Intervention Detective Honored for Crisis Intervention
Snohomish Police Department’s Detective Kendra Conley was awarded the 2014 Crisis Intervention Team Supervisor/Coordinator award this month for her work in crisis intervention.


Published: Monday, August 25, 2014
Advice on the first day Advice on the first day
Sparklers and smoke bombs on aisle four are replaced with boxes of crayons and bargain notebooks and the back to school season officially begins.


Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
New Feery Name proposals New Feery Name proposals
Construction of the next 144-car-ferry is under way and the Washington State Transportation Commission is asking people from across the state to get involved and submit proposals for the new boat’s name.


Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Mill Creek Early Morning Fire Mill Creek Early Morning Fire
More than 20 firefighters responded from Fire District 7 and Fire District 1. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Advertisement


Ray Lelia Cook Gilpin Realty

PHOTO BLOG
Category: People
2013-12-28
Callie Harwood Player-of-the-Game

Callie Harwood Player-of-the-Game
Posted by: STSPN

STSPN chose senior Callie Harwood as the ‘Player of the Game’ for her momentum changing 3-point shot in OT to push Snohomish ahead both mentally and in points helping the Panthers win 63-57.

Area Newsletters - Author, Date and Title
2014-05-12 | 423 Serious Crimes ToDate 2014
2014-05-12 | Crimes 1-12 May Snohomish Sheriff
2014-05-12 | Crimes 1-12 May Snohomish Police
2014-04-28 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-26 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-25 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-24 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-22 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-18 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-15 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-14 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-12 | Snohomish City Newsletter
2014-04-12 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-11 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-10 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-09 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-08 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-06 | Snohomish Crime Report
2014-04-04 | Snohomish City Newsletter
2014-04-03 | Snohomish Crime Report

 

 


SNOHOMISH contact