Government Seriously Considers Regulating This Health Drink as Alcohol


By Heather Callaghan

Previously, in 2010, the government took kombucha off the store shelves over a claim that the popular probiotic beverage contained alcohol. The fermented, naturally sparkling drink contains vitamin B and massive amounts of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics are not only a part of the healthy brain-gut connection, but are proven to remove harmful substances like pesticides and BPA from the body.

While kombucha returned to store shelves and an eager market, the government is now considering regulating Kombucha as an alcoholic beverage.

That doesn’t just mean labeling, folks…

If  kombucha is regulated as an alcoholic beverage, it could immediately shut down a lot of businesses and drown local sellers…

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.

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Although the fermented drink can contain minute amounts of alcohol, its makeup is more complex than the current tests allow, and there is no fear of getting drunk.

Stop the madness.

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Also see:
Recipe: Kombucha Made Easy

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