The Food and Drug Administration is expected to find that caffeine is an unsafe food additive to alcoholic drinks, essentially banning them, and manufacturers will then be warned that marketing caffeinated alcoholic beverages could be illegal.
The FDA ruling, which could come as soon as this week, "should be the nail in the coffin of these dangerous and toxic drinks," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who has pushed the Obama administration to ban the beverages, said Tuesday. Federal regulators would not confirm Schumer's announcement that a ban was imminent.
For one, it's a state regulatory issue, not a federal regulatory issue, in my opinion, under the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Second, it's just another attempt at a knee-jerk ban on something because of a few isolated incidents that get blown out of proportion - even when it's not clear that the substance being banned is any more dangerous than similar legal products on the market.