Arizona to get $30K from maker of 'Sparks' alcohol drink

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Caffeine being removed from drink

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- MillerCoors says it will reformulate its Sparks energy drink to remove caffeine and three other ingredients from the product.

A group of state attorneys general had complained that caffeine and other stimulants in the beverage would reduce drinkers' sense of intoxication and increase risky behaviors in driving and other activities.

The company says it will remove caffeine, taurine, guarana and ginseng from Sparks and will not produce caffeinated alcohol beverages in the future.

Spokesman Julian Green says the company also will pay $550,000 to Arizona and 12 other states, along with the city of San Francisco, to cover the cost of their investigation into Sparks.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says Arizona's share of the settlement is $30,000.

Anheuser-Busch said in June it would reformulate its Tilt and Bud Extra drinks to remove the stimulants as part of a settlement with 11 attorneys general.

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