Following a report that some stores and bodegas were still selling the caffeinated version of Four Loko, the controversial high-alcohol beverage was supposed to be off New York shelves, Sen. Jeff Klein is renewing his call to pass a law officially banning the drink and others like it.
The makers of Four Loko had since reformulated their drink to take out the caffeine — it still has 12.5 percent alcohol by volume — so it could remain on shelves after New York and others had taken steps to keep it out of their states. But the report on a New York Times/NYU blog suggested that the old formula of the product is still out there.
Klein, a member of the Independent Democratic Conference representing the Bronx and Westchester County, said a legal ban on all caffeinated alcoholic beverages sold in retail stores is the only way to keep it out of the state. His bill passed the Senate earlier this year, but never made it to the Assembly floor for a vote.
He issued this statement:
“News of a State Liquor Authority probe regarding on-going sales of caffeinated Four Loko proves that a simple gentleman’s agreement is not enough to keep this dangerous product off store shelves and out of New York State. My legislation, (S.3889A), to outright ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages passed the Senate this session. The Assembly needs to do its part to protect New Yorkers from this product, which the FDA deemed ‘unsafe,’ and pass my bill as soon as possible.”