Tell Federal Regulators that Kombucha Is Food, Not Liquor!

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 immediately.

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Kombucha is Food, Not Liquor!

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