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Top Food, Haggen stores pull 'Loko' drinks from shelves

Cans of Four Loko are seen on display at a liquor store in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday, Oct. 18, 2010.  (AP Photo)
Cans of Four Loko are seen on display at a liquor store in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. (AP Photo) The Associated Press

Haggen Inc. of Bellingham, which operates Top Food & Drug and Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores in Washington and Oregon, no longer is selling Four Loko and Joose alcoholic energy drinks because of recent health concerns.

All 32 of its stores stopped selling the beverages this week, the company said in a news release.

"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," spokeswoman Becky Skaggs said.

The company news release also cites the recent incident involving nine Central Washington University students who were hospitalized after drinking Four Loko.

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