In the news: Latest on powdered alcohol

Editor April 25th

Powdered alcohol, with the brand name Palcohol, has been in the news lately, because of the serious health issues it can cause.

Palcohol powdered alcohol may present serious health risks, experts say

Palcohol, freeze-dried alcohol in powder form, is a new product packaged to be convenient to carry around so that you may take your drinks on the go. Experts say that powdered alcohol can seriously damage your health, because it may encourage people to drink too much alcohol, especially if they do not know about the problems caused by drinking too much alcohol.

Some are concerned that the colorful packaging may attract children. As Dr. Kennon Heard, an ER doctor, notes, Four Loko was a sweet alcoholic drink that was banned by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) because it was marketed to teenagers, who drank too much of it. Because people may misuse powdered alcohol, Palcohol has lost its federal approval and will check the labeling on the product to make sure that the instructions are clear enough.

The article can be read here.

Approval of powdered alcohol was an error

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which is part of the Treasury Department, approved powdered alcohol to be sold in stores this week. A representative is saying now, though, that it was a mistake. The manufacturer, Palcohol, claims that there was a problem with the amount of powder in each package. They will resubmit the labels for approval.

According to attorney Robert Lehrman, who runs a beverage law website that covered Palcohol, it is likely that the Bureau heard back from lawmakers who asked for more information and warnings on the powder product. Palcohol can still be sold in stores later this year, if the labels are approved.

The article can be read here.

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