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MillerCoors, the brewer formed by Coors and SABMiller, is being sued by public health campaigners over its caffeinated alcoholic drink, Sparks.

Nonprofit organisation Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors in Washington DC, in an attempt to get Sparks taken off the market.

The suit follows CSPI's similar action against Anheuser-Busch (A-B) earlier this year, which was settled out of court after the brewer agreed to stop selling its own alcoholic energy drinks, Tilt and Bud Extra.

A-B made the decision based on advice from attourneys general in 11 US states. 

George Hacker, director of CSPI's alcohol policies project, said yesterday (8 September): "Mix alcohol and stimulants with a young person's sense of invincibility and you have a recipe for disaster."

He added that MillerCoors' Sparks "masked" drunkennes and could "encourage people to keep drinking past the point at which they otherwise would have stopped".

A spokesperson for MillerCoors was unavailable for comment on Tuesday afternoon.  

Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Molson Coors, SABMiller

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