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Kombucha Tea Draws Fire Over Alcohol Content

Some die-hard Kombucha fans are finding empty store shelves where their favorite fermented tea should be.

Kobucha tea is being pulled from grocers' shelves

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Signs like this one are cropping up on grocers' doors across the country.

Some die-hard Kombucha fans are finding empty store shelves where their favorite fermented tea should be.

Grocers have pulled kombucha off their shelves in the last month due to questions about elevated alcohol levels in the so-called non-alcoholic beverage.

The federal limit is 0.5 percent alcohol content for a product to be labelled non-alcoholic. Some samples of kombucha have shown to have as much as 3 or 4 percent alcohol content.

The Food and Drug Administration with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau are testing various kombucha samples to determine if the product requires re-labelling as an alcoholic beverage.

If kombucha is missing from your local store’s shelves, no worries, you can always make your own.

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Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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