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The Olympian reports that Haggen Inc., which operates both Haggen and Top Food and Drug stores in the Pacific Northwest, announced that it will no longer sell Four Loko and Joose alcoholic energy drinks, in part because of recent stories about how “nine Central Washington University students who were hospitalized after drinking Four Loko.”

"After studying this issue for some time, we've seen consensus build among health experts and law-enforcement officials about the public safety risk posed by people consuming beverages with caffeine and above-average alcohol content," said spokeswoman Becky Skaggs.
KC's View:
I’m telling you, one of these days, these energy drinks are going to end up being found to be a major health nightmare. All the signs are there. Good for Haggen, getting ahead of the issue, especially because for them the story has local resonance.