Phusion Projects removed stimulants from its alcoholic energy line in the US

Phusion Projects removed stimulants from its alcoholic energy line in the US

Authorities in Moscow are to ban alcoholic energy drinks in the city, according to local reports.

Beverages with caffeine or other stimulants and with an alcohol content of between 1.2% and 9% will be illegal to sell after May 1, the Moscow Times reported this week. Fines reportedly range from RUB5,000 (US$84) to RUB10,000 for individual sellers and up to RUB100,000 for companies.

About 70% of young Moscow residents drink alcoholic energy drinks, the paper reported citing Russian-language media. Meanwhile, 80% of total residents supported the ban, it said.

Alcoholic energy drinks have run into regulatory trouble in other countries. In the US, Phusion Projects energy brand Four Loko was criticised for its perceived high alcohol content and large 23.5oz cans. Four Loko used to be marketed as an alcoholic energy drink but Phusion removed its caffeine, guarana and taurine content in 2010 after pressure from regulators.