Sen. Jeff Klein, chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, said he’s issuing a subpoena to the makers of Four Loko, the Chicago-based Phusion Projects, as part of his investigation into flavored malt liquor and their availability to minors.The subpoenas will seek information regarding the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of Four Loko.
Phusion representatives failed to comply with Klein’s requests for the information during a hearing in Albany last month. He issued a report today on the findings from the hearing.
Klein said the goal is to enact laws that would curb access of “alcopops” to minors.
“This company makes a product for sale in New York that’s cheap, tastes sweet and packs a six-pack punch in a 22-ounce can,” Klein said in a statement. “We believe that their information can greatly inform our efforts to keep Four Loko and similar ‘alcopops’ out of the hands of minors. Given Phusion’s lack of cooperation, this committee has no choice, but to use the tools at its disposal to obtain the facts that we need.”