No more caffeinated drinks in MS - - Jackson, MS

No more caffeinated drinks in MS

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Jackson, MS (WLBT)- This will be the last week caffeinated alcoholic drinks will be on the shelves in Mississippi, if they're not already gone.

The FDA issued warning letters to four companies earlier this month, telling them their drinks were unsafe and combining caffeine and alcohol in the drinks leads to "wide-awake drunks".

Phusion Projects, maker of the popular 'Four Loko', and United Brands, maker of Joose, are no longer shipping or producing any of their caffeinated alcoholic products.

The companies expect the drinks to be off store shelves by now.

The Four-Loko alcohol content in some states was almost 12-percent. That's twice the amount allowed here in Mississippi.

Kathy Waterbury, Spokesperson for the Department of Revenue, said, "The six percent version was the only allowable because of our law.   We understand most of those have been sold, the company has re-applied for new labels for new product which we have already approved."

The new caffeine free version of four loko should begin appearing on local shelves in the coming days.

The state of Mississippi has approved nine different versions to be sold here.

Some companies like Charge Beverages and New Century Brewing said they are no longer producing alcoholic energy drinks.

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