48. Attorney General wants Flavored Alcohol Drinks Taken off Shelves (Utah)
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September 13, 2007
Get the flavored alcohol drinks off our grocery shelves! That's the message Attorney General Mark Shurtleff delivered to the state's Alcohol Commission Tuesday.
Shurtleff and others want these drinks out of the grocery and convenience stores and into the state liquor outlets. These drinks - also called "Alcopops" - are things like Mike's Hard Lemonade or Bacardi Silver. Shurtleff says these drinks are popular among teens and can become gateway drinks to harder alcohol.
And today he told the state Alcohol Commission that it's time to act. But those behind these drinks were also at Tuesday's meeting. And one spokesman said the amount of alcohol in these drinks is similar to the alcohol in flavorings like vanilla or even rum raisin ice cream.
The Alcohol Commission did not make a decision on this issue which could also surface when the legislature meets in January.