The makers of Four Loko produced tons of the caffeinated alcohol drink before the FDA basically banned the drinks from being sold. So what to do with the extra stuff? It is being turned into alcohol.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Four Loko and similar drinks are going through a process in which the alcohol is being extracted and turned into ethanol which can be blended into gasoline.
MXI Environmental Services in Virginia is one of just three facilities in the U.S. that recycles ethanol.
"We're equipped to process four truckloads a day, and we're at full capacity," Brian Potter, vice president of operations at the MXI plant said. "There are about 30 different products involved, and we've only seen a couple of them at this point. It could go on for several months."
The FDA sent warning letters to the beverage makers in November, saying they were selling products that were "potentially unsafe." The drink makers agreed to reformulate the drinks and take out the caffeine.
The drinks were blamed for alcohol overdoses all over the country, many of them on college campuses.