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TxBrew 07-01-2010 04:47 AM

Kombucha Ban
I get cases at cost of Kombucha from my friend who owns a store and he told me they can't buy it anymore, across the board from local to GT's. The Feds have cracked down and he couldn't buy any of them right now.

Unbelievable. :mad:

harrydrez 07-01-2010 04:57 AM

They give a reason?

Never mind, found it.

Ridiculous indeed.


Sea 07-01-2010 05:02 AM


Originally Posted by harrydrez (Post 2138772)
They give a reason?

It's the Evil Voodoo Magic they put in it.

harrydrez 07-01-2010 05:07 AM


Originally Posted by Sea (Post 2138779)
It's the Evil Voodoo Magic they put in it.

Naw, it's because it contains traces of alcohol, though I can't imagine people would get drunk off of it. It's just some government bs.

You can always make it yourself, probably would be cheaper.

Emerald 07-01-2010 02:07 PM

the big stink came down cuz some place stored some out of the fridge and the alcohol percentage went up more than what was stated on the bottle. that was the big brewhaha. It happened in Baltimore. I just hope that they don't put it on an age restricted list like alcohol, then my health food store wouldn't be able to sell it!

david_42 07-01-2010 02:18 PM

As long as it is under 0.5%, fine. The manufacturer has to be able to demonstrate that. About 30 years ago, a 'candy' called Rum Dumbs was removed from the market because they were almost 5% ABW. My mom made something similar called rum balls, but with a rum flavoring as dad was a teetotaler.

Revvy 07-01-2010 02:29 PM

Oh my god, you're not going to believe it....It's all that **** Lindsey Lohan's fault.



A Lohan Ban?


A Google search for the words “Lindsay Lohan kombucha” brings up a glut of articles and blog posts from news sites like HuffingtonPost, TMZ and New York Daily News with titles like “Did Kombucha Tea Set Off Lindsay Lohan’s SCRAM?” and “Lindsay Lohan boozing it up with Kombucha tea?!” The articles point to a June 6 incident when the actress’s legally ordered alcohol monitoring anklet, or “SCRAM” device, which monitors alcohol consumption through sweat, went off during an after-party for the MTV Movie Awards, automatically triggering a warrant for her arrest. Lohan, who is on probation for a 2007 DUI conviction and barred from booze, vehemently denied drinking alcohol but can quite regularly be found clutching a bottle of kombucha. Though she never blamed the tea specifically for the ankle device’s reading and was later cleared by a judge, the timing of the violation and the FDA’s interest in kombucha’s alcohol content was too much for the scandal-starved blogosphere to let slip by. For a time even the break room at the downtown Santa Cruz New Leaf sported a photo of the troubled actress with the words “kombucha killer” scrawled across it. Lohan’s manager Jason Weinberg did not return calls seeking comment, but New Leaf manager Amber Willis was happy to weigh in.

“It’s a pretty crazy story,” she says, fighting off giggles. “I’m really not sure if it’s true, but you can see where it would come from.”

Whether the Parent Trap actress-turned-cocaine connoisseur-and-spray-tan-saleswoman played any part in the government’s decision to investigate kombucha, the FDA wouldn’t say. And while kombucha makers like GT Dave of the uber-popular GT brand says he hopes to have products back on shelves in “a matter of weeks,” other more dire prognoses are offered by consumers.

“The companies need to hurry up and get this thing sorted out,” says Jeremy Blevin, a shopper at Staff of Life who’s come to pick through the remains of the kombucha stash. “Because if the government actually makes a recall, who knows when we’ll see it again.”
That is what put the abv of kombucha on the fda's radar.

TxBrew 07-01-2010 03:31 PM

Yea I read that but then the CEO of GT's said it was just a rumor.

Might be a good thing as it will force me into Kombucha brewing. I love the stuff, helps my stomach problems a lot.

IrregularPulse 07-01-2010 03:43 PM

Revvy, did you really just include TMZ in a list of "News sources"?

juvinious 07-01-2010 04:19 PM

I noticed about 2 weeks ago when the pulled them off the shelves at whole foods. I was like wtf and thought perhaps they were out of stock. This was a week after I decided to buy a bottle of raw kombucha and get a culture started. Luckily I did, because that was my only source of kombucha. Anyhow I looked it up and it seems that whole foods didn't want to be liable. Here is the blog post that I saw.

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