Just when we thought the controversy around Four Loko was over, federal regulators are investigating Four Loko once again.
You may remember the carbonated, fruit-flavored malt liquor with the charming nickname of "blackout in a can" getting into a whole lot of trouble in 2010 after several college students found themselves in the hospital after a Four Loko evening. The FDA investigated, and Four Loko removed the caffeine which would keep drinkers awake while they guzzled the brew.
The FTC has been examining the claims that the drink's creator, Phusion Projects, has implied in ads that its 23.5-ounce can is equal to one or two regular 12-ounce beers. The agency says the can, which contains up to 12 percent alcohol, is really more like four to five beers and shouldn't be consumed in one sitting.
Phusion agreed to change the labels, but then 200 people protested anyway, saying the FTC needs to ban the product all together. A final decision from the FTC on the settlement and whether to approve it or change it, is expected in the next couple of months.
Source: USA Today