HELSINKI, Finland – A popular fiery flavored alcoholic drink made in Canada is being pulled from store shelves in Finland after already being pulled in Sweden.
Finland officials are concerned about the chemical propylene glycol which is one of the ingredients in Fireball.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food.
Propylene glycol 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.