Four Loko under fire again as Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for New York ban on ‘Blackout-in-a-can’

November 11th, 2010 by Staff

Source: NY Daily News — Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the New York State Liquor Authority to ban the drink known affectionately among some as “Blackout-in-a-can” –- a cocktail of caffeine and malt liquor known as Four Loko.

The popular fruity-flavored drink, produced by Phusion Projects in Chicago and a party hit among underage drinkers, packs the power of several beers and a tall cup of Starbucks coffee in a single 23.5 ounce can.

Schumer is demanding the state block sales of caffeinated alcoholic beverages –- which have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration — during a press conference at his office Wednesday morning.

In the release, Schumer said he would be joined by the family of Nicole Celestino, an 18-year-old Long Island girl who passed away in August after drinking Four Loko.

Oklahoma and Michigan, as well as college campuses across the country, have already banned the potent cocktails.

The Daily News reported Saturday that the state liquor authority would consider a ban on the controversial party drink.

On Monday, Lower East Side bar owner Eddie Huang was forced to cancel a Four Loko “All-you-can-drink” event after learning the booze binge party violated a state rule. His plan was to charge $15 for unlimited amounts of the cocktail mixed with Hennessy cognac.

“I don’t want to lose my liquor license,” Huang said. “This is horrible. I was excited about this.”

Huang said he would find other ways to serve Four Loko to his customers.


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