Wegmans, Tops Removes Popular Caffeinated Drink from Stores

November 10, 2010 Updated Nov 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming


Called 'Blackout-in-a-can," Four Loko packs the caffeine of two cups of coffee and 12% alcohol in a 23.5 ounce can.

November 10, 2010 Updated Nov 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Wegmans and Tops stores will no longer sell the popular energy and alcoholic beverage Four Loko.

A spokesperson for Wegmans told Eyewitness News Wednesday, "Wegmans no longer carries this product [Four Loko]. Recent media attention caused us to re-evaluate how this product fit into our overall beer category, and we decided that we would serve our customers best by focusing on traditional beer and malt beverages."

"Tops has voluntarily pulled Four Loko and all other beverages containing both alcohol and caffeine off of store shelves due to increasing concern regarding their safe use and unresolved questions on potential health risks," said Kate McKenna, PR Manager for Tops Markets.

Four Loko, known as 'blackout in a can,' combines the caffeine of two cups of coffee with 12 percent alcohol into 23.5 ounces.

This announcement comes as New York's senior senator Charles Schumer calls for a ban on sales of "dangerous" caffeinated alcoholic beverages like Four Loko.

Schumer joined the family of a 17-year-old Long Island girl who passed away in August after drinking Four Loko to call on the New York State Liquor Authority to ban such beverages from being sold in New York State.

Schumer notes that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never determined that caffeine in alcoholic beverages is "generally recognized as safe."

Caffeine and alcohol combination beverages like Four Loko have led to student hospitalizations across the country and states and universities all over the United States are moving to ban the products.