Fireball whiskey pulled from store shelves over ingredient

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HELSINKI, Finland – A popular alcoholic drink is being pulled from store shelves in Finland.

Officials in Finland say Fireball liqueur contains too much propylene glycol.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. It is used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics or food products.

In a statement issued on Monday, Finland’s state alcohol monopoly, Alko, said Fireball liqueur does not meet European standards for consumption.

According to Yle, it says that Fireball is prepared according to North American food regulations but does not follow the stricter requirements of the European Union.

Alko is the only store in Finland that sells high-point beer, wine and spirits.

Last week, the Swedish state alcohol retailer Systembolaget pulled Fireball from distribution.

Authorities say since it does meet American standards, it is still available in the United States.

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