At a special meeting, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission voted 4-1 in favor of banning alcoholic energy drinks from being sold in the state of Oregon. The decision came as a result of new information regarding OLCC’s legal options concerning alcoholic energy drinks as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent ruling.
Chairman Philip Lang says the OLCC has been concerned about the health risks of these products for some time. According to Lang, "It’s unfortunate that so many young people around the country were hurt by these products. We’re glad that we can play a role in preventing that from happening here in the future.”
The seven products affected by the ban include Core High Gravity HG Green, Core High Gravity HG Orange, Lemon Lime Core Spiked, Moonshot, Four Loko, Joose, and Max, which were determined to be “adulterated” products by the FDA because they contain the “unsafe food additive” of caffeine. The ban on these products will be effective immediately.
The temporary rule adopted today will be effective until May 18, 2011. During that time, OLCC staff will begin permanent rulemaking concerning alcoholic energy drinks. The special commission meeting was held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20 at the OLCC headquarters in Milwaukie.