States Scramble to Prohibit Sales of Powdered Alcohol
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Apr 10, 2015 in Auto Accidents
Federal regulators have approved the sale of Palcohol, a powdered alcohol product. Consumers can mix the powdered liquor, which comes in 80-calorie packets, into any liquid to create a cocktail.
How the alcohol is condensed into powder is still a secret. The company has stated that it is waiting until it secures a patent before revealing its production process.
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the sale of these products in April 2015. Though the federal agency responsible for approving the sale of alcohol products has signed off on Palcohol, states can still limit the sale, consumption and distribution of alcohol products within their own borders.
State legislators across America are now scrambling to pass laws that prohibit sales of this new form of alcohol. The ease of transporting the product and the likelihood that it could increase underage drinking presents a potential crisis among state public health officials.
Powdered Alcohol Concerns
Palcohol is easy to transport and conceal, making it convenient for unregulated and irresponsible uses. In particular, safety officials are concerned that the product targets teenagers and could increase underage drinking. Like any other alcoholic beverage, consumption of Palcohol by under-age drinkers is a violation of the law.
The founder of the product is Mark Phillips, who defends his invention. He asserts that the product allows travelers to carry alcohol without having to transport large, heavy bottles. Officials point out, however, that the product may be used in unintended ways, such as snorting the powder or mixing it into food.
The products that have been approved under the Palcohol brand include a powdered form of margarita, vodka, cosmopolitan, and rum.
In California, Alcohol Justice, an industry watch group that works to ensure that the industry's practices do not harm youth, is urging California State legislators to institute a statewide emergency ban on the sale of powdered alcohol.
The proposed amendment to the California Code of Regulations would ban the sale of powdered and crystalline spirits in the entire state. California is not alone in considering banning sales of the new product. At least 14 other states are also considering legislation to ban Palcohol and five others have already put such laws into place.
The Palcohol Company expects sales to begin this summer in retail locations as well as via online portals.
Irresponsible drivers can cause life-altering damages to unsuspecting motorists. If Palcohol increases alcohol abuse, especially among teenage drivers who are already disproportionately more likely to drive recklessly, auto accidents could increase as a result.
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