It was announced that Palcohol, which is the name for powdered alcohol was approved by a federal agency. The powder is meant to be mixed up into drinks.
Palcohol has just been given the green light by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The agency had given the OK for Palcohol last year, but quickly backtracked after much criticism and said that approvals had been given in error.
Tom Hogue, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau spokesperson, revealed to Associated Press that the previous issues about Palcohol were resolved and that now four varieties of the powdered alcohol have been approved. It was also added by Hogue that each U.S. state can regulate alcohol sales within their borders.
The company that produces Palcohol has sparked plenty of criticism with its powdered alcohol. Some believe that this new type of alcoholic product is going to make it easier to be abused by people, minors in particular and some might even use it in a way it wasn’t meant to be used, such as snorting it and spiking drinks with it. The product’s light weight also makes it easier for it to be put into drinks in public places and events.
Along with several other states, lawmakers in Colorado have advanced legislation to temporarily halt the sales of Palcohol.
Palcohol comes in a pouch and water gets added to the powder inside to make an alcoholic drink. The company that produces Palcohol believes that they are going to have the product for sale this summer.
Mark Phillips, the founder of Palcohol, revealed that his product was approved in a statement but he couldn’t be reached for further comment. Phillips came up with the idea for his product because he wanted a way to enjoy alcoholic beverages after hiking or other strenuous activities without having to bring along with his heavy bottles.
Tom Hogue added that the evaluation of the bureau is centered on the labels of the product and whether or not they accurately reflect what is in the product. He concluded that potential for abuse of the product is not grounds for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to deny a label.
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