SACRAMENTO — Attorneys general in California and 26 other states urged Anheuser-Busch Cos. to issue warnings about mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks, such as its new Spykes flavored malt beverage drink.
In a letter to the company Thursday, state officials accused the beer company of marketing Spykes and other products to underage drinkers and failing to deter minors from using them.
It's the latest criticism of Spykes, a 2-ounce bottle of flavored malt beverage meant to be mixed with beer or other drinks, or consumed as a shot. With colorful packaging and four flavors -- lime, mango, melon and hot chocolate -- Spykes measures 12% alcohol by volume. The St. Louis-based maker of Budweiser and Bud Light rolled out the product broadly last year.
California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said the health warnings on the bottles were too small.
"Such indecipherable labeling certainly violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the regulations that require those warnings," Brown said in a statement.