Bad News For Fireball Drinkers?

Photo: Courtesy of Quality Liquors.
If wedding videos are to be believed, y'all are downing Fireball at an alarming rate. So, it's with heavy hearts that we bring you this important announcement: Unfortunately, the cinnamon whiskey has been recalled in Finland, Sweden, and Norway for containing too much anti-freeze.
Finland's government-operated alcohol retailer, Alko, announced on Monday that it would remove Fireball from shelves. The problem? It contains "excessive levels of propylene glycol," an ingredient in anti-freeze. Traditionally, ethylene glycol is used in anti-freeze, but the considerably less toxic propylene glycol, when substituted, allows anti-freeze to be labeled as non-toxic. And, as Bustle points out, propylene glycol is also used in many processed foods already (as well as e-cigarette fluid and some medicines). In Fireball, the ingredient is used to massage in that cinnamon flavor, to cut the strong sensation of whiskey as it plunges down your throat and makes you a good dancer.
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It's ironic that the fire-named liquor is ridden with such a cooling component. But, more importantly, this could indicate a removal of the alcohol from the U.S., too. The bottles in question were removed because they're based on the North American formula, "which does not meet the requirements of the European Union's tighter regulations concerning recommended levels of propylene glycol." However, it's worth noting the FDA considers propylene glycol as GRAS, or "generally recognized as safe." Still — yikes.
So, do you kick your Fireball habit? Perhaps. Besides, everyone knows Fireball-itis is an inherently male disease. After all, according to BuzzFeed, women don't drink whiskey anyway. Ick. Gross. (Yle)
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