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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wall Street Journal: States Attorneys General Probing Anheuser-Busch and Miller Marketing

A report in this morning's Wall Street Journal indicates that Attorneys General from a number of states have subpoenaed Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing, looking into how those companies market caffeinated alcohol drinks and whether they are targeting underage drinkers.

Government lawyers from New York, Maine, Maryland, Arizona and Iowa are focused on the popularity of energy-style drinks with young people and whether claims are being made by the brewers about the power of the caffeinated drinks to fuel late night drinking.

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the labeling for the brands and took no action on an earlier request from the states to clamp down on the products. The Attorneys General are under pressure from anti-alcohol groups who claim these products are dangerous and are designed for underage consumers.

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