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November 15, 2009 | Andrew Zajac and Mary MacVean
Alcoholic energy drinks, marketed under provocative names such as Evil Eye, Max Fury and Slingshot Party Gel, have quickly gained a foothold among younger drinkers. Now the producers of those beverages have a new, perhaps unwanted audience. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday requested proof from the companies that their products, which blend caffeine and alcohol, are safe. The FDA never has approved the addition of caffeine to an alcoholic beverage, and a task force of state attorneys general and other officials has urged the agency to scrutinize the combination.
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BUSINESS
November 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Food and Drug Administration requested information from nearly 30 makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages on why they believed their products were safe. The companies have 30 days to send data showing how caffeine can be "safely and lawfully" added to alcoholic drinks.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2009 | By Andrew Zajac
Prodded by the attorneys general of California and 17 other states, the Food and Drug Administration is asking the makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages to provide evidence that their drinks are safe. The FDA this morning said it has contacted nearly 30 drink manufacturers seeking safety information on the drinks. Under federal law, an ingredient can't be added to a food or beverage unless it's been approved by the FDA or is generally recognized as safe. The FDA has never approved caffeine as an additive to alcoholic beverages.
NATIONAL
August 29, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said today it has fired the two agents, as well as their supervisor, who took part in this summer's raid of a Fort Worth gay bar that resulted in law enforcement clashing with hundreds of patrons and leaving one man hospitalized with a serious head injury. Christopher Aller, who had been with the agency for five years, and Jason Chapman, who joined the Texas ABC less than five months ago, were terminated as of today over the raid at the Rainbow Lounge.
NATIONAL
July 15, 2009 | Associated Press
The mayor of this Texas city apologized Tuesday for a raid on a gay bar that sparked claims of brutality and procedure violations. About 250 people packed City Council chambers and an additional 150 watched on televisions in the hallway or overflow rooms as officials briefly discussed the June 28 raid that left one man hospitalized with a serious head injury. At one point during the meeting, someone in the audience called out for an apology.
FOOD
December 17, 2008 | Jean T. Barrett
Bored by your bar? As we head into the heart of the holidays, it may be time to take a hard look at what you're serving to guests in the way of drinks. If you're in a rut, spirits-wise, now is the occasion to give your bar a holiday makeover.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
MillerCoors has said goodbye to Zima. The joint venture between SABMiller's U.S. unit and Molson Coors Brewing Co. told distributors in a letter that production of the malt liquor beverage was discontinued Oct. 10. Chief Marketing Officer Andy England attributed the decision to weakness in the "malternative" segment and declining consumer interest. He said Zima inventories would probably last through December.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The makers call it a "party in a pouch." Critics say it's more like an alcoholic candy bar. ShotPak is a line of alcoholic beverages that come in shot-sized, laminated-foil plastic pouches that are reminiscent of the drinks children pack in school lunches. Purple Hooter is one of the drinks, which sell for 99 cents to $1.50 in liquor stores and for more in some nightclubs.
TRAVEL
December 30, 2007 | Jenn Garbee, Special to The Times
Idrank my first cocktail in New Orleans in my youth, downing fuzzy navels on Bourbon Street with my cousin Caroline Brady. Back then, I was content with cheap booze and plastic cups. Times have changed. Recently, while visiting Caroline and her family, I found a city with a renewed appreciation for serious cocktails.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Here's a sobering thought: Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, might be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license. Officials seized 2,400 bottles late last month during warehouse raids in Nashville and Lynchburg, the southern Tennessee town where the whiskey is distilled. "Punish the person, not the whiskey," protested Kyle MacDonald, 28, a Jack Daniel's drinker from British Columbia.
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