Palcohol founder slams ‘misinformed’ US bansBy Amy Hopkins
Powdered alcohol brand Palcohol has hit out at the “misinformed” decisions by US lawmakers to ban the product in a number of states, as an outlawing bill in Virginia is passed.
As reported by Delmarva Now, lawmakers in the state unanimously passed a bill to ban the importation, sale and consumption of powdered alcohol, potentially outlawing Palcohol in the state.
Palcohol comes in the form of a white powder that when mixed with 148ml of water creates an alcoholic beverage.
The state joins a chorus of others which have expressed concern over the substance, which was first unveiled in April last year.
The TTB approved the product, but later said this was issued “in error” and creators were told to alter its labelling due to a discrepancy over fill level.
However brand owners stressed that this did not mean Palcohol had not received approval, as it was only its labels which were questioned, adding that the product is safe to use.
The product has already been banned outright in Alaska, Delaware, South Carolina, Vermont and Louisiana.
Legislation banning Palcohol in Virginia will be implemented once the bill is signed by the state’s governor Terry McAuliffe.
Mark Phillips, founder of Palcohol said he expects the product to become available in the US in the spring of 2015. The company issued a statement on its website claiming lawmakers who have banned Palcohol got “caught up in misinformation”.
“We are disheartened that no state, which has already introduced legislation to ban powdered alcohol, asked Mark Phillips to testify before a committee to explain the product to the legislators,” the statement read.
“Since no one has first hand knowledge of powdered alcohol, you would think the responsible thing to do is find out about the product from the source.
“Instead, the legislators got caught up in the hyperbole and misinformation that is being thrown about by people who don’t know what they’re talking about.”
The brand added that in banning a product that is “in demand”, the legislature has acted “irresponsibly” as powdered alcohol may now be distributed through the black market.