Friday, January 7, 2011

Four Loko graduates to useful

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Thirsty? We still have a couple Lokos in our fridge.
  • Thirsty? We still have a couple Lokos in our fridge.

Wondering what happens to the cases and cases of a cheap, aggressively fruity alcoholic energy drink after it's been forced off the market by the FDA?

It's made into ethanol, thankfully.

As reported by the Associated Press:

Truckloads of Four Loko and other alcohol-laced energy drinks are being recycled into ethanol and other products after federal authorities told manufacturers the beverages were dangerous and caused users to become "wide-awake drunk."

Wholesalers from Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and other East Coast states started sending cases of the high-alcohol, caffeinated malt beverages to MXI Environmental Services in Virginia after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a crackdown on the sale of such beverages in November.

Brian Potter, vice president of operations at MXI's facility in Abingdon, Va., said about a couple of hundred truckloads of the drinks would be coming to the plant. Each truck holds 2,000 cases of the 23.5-ounce cans.

MXI Enterprises is one of three facilities in the U.S. that recycle ethanol, according to the American Coalition for Ethanol, an industry group.

According to MXI's website, this niche company specializes in the "disposal and destruction of packaged and bulk alcohol bearing waste streams such as beer, wine, spirits, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical byproducts."

Four Loko is finally contributing something positive to society.

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