State, Federal Lawmakers Taking Action Against Powdered Alcohol

On the front of its Business Day section, the New York Times (4/4, B1, Abrams, Subscription Publication) reported on the state and Federal lawmakers who seek to ban powdered alcohol, Palcohol, “before it even comes to market,” amid concerns that the substance could be easily abused. So far, “six states have passed legislation to ban powdered alcohol outright,” and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “introduced a bill last month that would ban its sale and manufacture nationwide.” While in the past the FDA “has weighed in on some alcoholic products, like the beverage Four Loko,” the agency has not “become involved with Palcohol,” and “said that the ingredients in Palcohol were typical of those found in many processed foods and that they complied with” regulations.

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— “Powdered Alcohol Meets Resistance in U.S. Before It Even Comes to Market,” RACHEL ABRAMS, New York Times, April 3, 2015.

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