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• The New York Daily News reports on how Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) is calling for a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into the marketing practices used by the manufacturers of products called Jooce and Four Loco - described as “caffeinated fruit-flavored malt liquor drinks that sell for just $2” and that “look like innocent cans of grape soda and orange punch (but) come with a jittery, boozy kick.”

"The manufacturers are deliberately trying to get young people to drink," Schumer said yesterday.

According to the story, “Schumer also asked the Food and Drug Administration to speed up its November 2009 probe that questioned the safety of mixing the malt liquor, which has three times the alcohol as beer, with caffeine levels matching a cup of coffee.”

• Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, released new poll data showing that 80 percent of Americans want Congress to immediately give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to recall food when it poses a danger to health and safety. FDA food safety reform legislation that would give FDA that power, as well as require it to inspect all high-risk food processors at least once a year, passed the House of Representatives a year ago but still awaits Senate action.
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