According to the Associated Press 22 states asked beverage maker MillerCoors LLC on Wednesday to abandon plans for a new caffeine-infused alcoholic energy drink.
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in a statement that the Sparks Red drink is a “recipe for disaster” because adding caffeine to alcoholic beverages reduces drinkers’ sense of intoxication.
Blumenthal, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the other attorneys general say young drinkers are especially vulnerable because of their limited judgment and risky behaviors in driving and other activities. They urged MillerCoors to abandon plans for the product and said they would consider other steps – hinting at a potential lawsuit – if necessary.
MillerCoors spokesman Julian Green said the company still plans to release the drink on Oct. 1. He said the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, has approved all formulas and labeling for Sparks.