The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently sent letters to several producers of kombucha tea, warning them that since their beverages supposedly exceeded the allowable alcohol limit, they must be labeled as alcoholic beverages and be subject to alcohol regulation or face hefty fines and legal action.
Kombucha is a fermented tea
drink brewed with yeast and bacteria. The drink contains trace amounts of
alcohol, but it typically falls below the federal limit of 0.5% alcohol by
volume. The organic acids and natural sedimentation in kombucha can be read as
ethanol, which throws off the results of the test.
The agency should wait until
a unique testing method can be devised that is appropriate to the specific
chemistry of the beverage.
Tell the TTB to stop this
ridiculous attack on this healthy, utterly natural, fermented organic drink
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comments if you have time!
Kombucha is Food, Not Liquor!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]