Federal regulators have warned some makers of kombucha tea that their drinks have alcohol levels above one-half of 1 percent, which makes them alcoholic drinks under the law. The fermented tea has become one of the country’s fastest-growing bottled drinks.
The Wall Street Journal reports two consumer complaints seeking class action status were filed in October in California that claimed Millennium Products Inc. engaged in deceptive practices in alcohol-content labeling. The company makes GT’s Enlightened and Synergy brands of kombucha tea. One of the complaints alleges alcohol levels of up to 3.8 percent. Beer contains about 5 percent alcohol, the article notes.
Millennium says its products’ alcohol content is below the U.S. limit for labeling alcoholic drinks. The company argues the government’s method of testing is faulty.