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Monday, March 23, 2015

Palcohol officially approved by TTB as US States and Countries ban this @Palcoholic product

“There are very serious concerns about the illegal use of powdered alcohol by young people, possibly even bringing it into schools or other events and locations that prohibit alcohol consumption”

New York State Senator Joseph Griffo, in a statement in 2014 on the dangers of children abusing Palcohol

Well, that didn’t take long!

Palcohol, the powdered version of alcohol was approved for sale in the US of A on Tuesday March 17th 2015, by the TTB (U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) approved Palcohol as reported in the article “Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal — But Is It Safe?”, published March 16, 2015 07:04am ET by Rachael Rettner, Livescience.

This was such interesting News that it made an appearance in the Jamaica Observer in the article “US approves powdered alcohol”, published Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:11 AM , The Jamaica Observer.

More specifically, four (4) flavours of this product have been approved for sale in the US of A as noted in the article “Powdered alcohol gets federal agency’s approval”, published March 11 2015 By Associated Press, The Washington Post.

Those four (4) flavours are:

1.      Cosmopolitan
2.      Powderita (a margarita flavor)
3.      Rum
4.      Vodka

Palcohol, a product that's the brainchild of businessman Mark Phillips,  is powdered dehydrated Alcohol that you mix with 177 ml (6 oz) of water to produce a standard drink that was launched in April 2014 as explained in my blog article entitled  “Businessman Mark Phillip's Palcohol gets TTD Approval – Drinkers will judge Powdered Alcohol from Low Temperature Nitrogen Atmosphere Vacuum Evaporation”.

Already, without it being launched, it's attracting all kinds of negative flack, especially as it already was seen a controversial that couldn’t possibly exist last year and STILL got past the TTB as surmised in the article “Powdered Alcohol 'Palcohol' Sounds Like An Accident Waiting To Happen”, published 3/13/2015 by Alice G. Walton, Forbes.

Palcohol officially approved by TTB - Why Children will Abuse as US States and Countries ban this product

Yes, the bans have already started in Colorado, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Louisiana and Vermont as stated in the article “Powdered Alcohol Wins U.S. Approval”, published March 11, 2015 7:30 p.m. ET By TRIPP MICKLE, Wall Street Journal.

More states are soon to follow. Jamaica may not have announced a ban, but no doubt its importation may already be blocked, despite the TTB stamp of approval. Despite its cumbersome packaging, it still is fairly easy for a skilled Jamaican to sneak a couple sachets into the island via Kingston Wharves.

Red Stripe, meanwhile, since last year May 2014, has stages a successful Inaugural Red Stripe Beer Festival to introduce people to their Beer Brands as well as to possibly stave off defectors to Palcohol as theorized in my blog article entitled  “Red Stripe Beer Festival in the Middle of May 2014 a success – Beer Festival an Annual Event to stave off Sweet Palcohol”.

After all, if it’s in Powered form, it can easily be abused by children. It will definitely create a lot of underage drinkers, especially those trying alcohol for the first time, making it sort of like a gateway drug. 

Children may also mix it with other drugs or drinks to increase the sensation as well as the flavour. They may also resort to snorting it like cocaine, albeit the maker says that's not possible. The worst case scenario is butt-chugging, basically ingestion via the anus as explained in this video.

This all goes again the very idea that Mark Phillips had intended; a portable form of alcohol that only required that you add water as noted in “Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal In The USA”, published March 17, 2015 by Janet Fang, I Fucking Love Science.

Still, these concerns were not enough to stop it getting the TTB's approval. They'll just have to wait for the Summer of 2015 to see what impact, if any, it has on underaged children’s consumption of alcohol.  If this pops up in Jamaican, both Res Stripe and Parents will have one more competitor for their target audience to worry about.

Here’s the link:
Palcohol Twitter Feed: @Palcoholic

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