New York (NYTimes)– On the streets and in the bodegas, some people say they enjoy the taste of Four Loko, a potent and fruity malt beverage high in alcohol content and caffeine that critics have called a “blackout in a can.”
It will not be on the shelves much longer. On Sunday, state officials announced that Phusion Projects, the Chicago company that makes Four Loko, had voluntarily agreed to halt shipments to New York State by Friday.
Gov. David A. Paterson and the State Liquor Authority said in a statement that distributors would have until Dec. 10 to clear their inventory of the product. Groceries, bodegas and candy stores would have a longer, unspecified grace period.