Kombucha recalled after alcohol content exceeded labelled limit

An organic range of kombucha has been recalled after it was discovered a bottle of the fermented drink contained more alcohol than listed on the label.

Under Australian law a beverage is considered alcoholic if it contains more than 0.05% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Kombucha is known to contain under 0.05% ABV and can be found in the refrigerated section of most supermarkets, next to juices and probiotic beverages.

Raw Earth Organic Lychee Rose Kombucha was found to contain 1.3 ABV despite being advertised as under 0.05 ABV Source: Raw Earth

It’s routinely sold as a health drink and promotes claims of containing vitamins and amino acids, and considered safe for children.

The ACCC has recalled a 330ml bottle of Raw Earth Organic Lychee Rose Kombucha labelled with “may contain traces of alcohol - less than 0.5% at time of bottling” after it was found to contain 1.3% alcohol.

A range of kombucha was recalled after the alcohol content exceeded legal limit. Source: ACCC

According to Food Standards Australian and New Zealand (FSANZ) all beverages containing 1.15% ABV or more must identify the alcohol content.

In comparison, a low-strength beer contains 2.7% alcohol.

The kombucha is sold at farmers’ markets and the ACCC advises people to not consume the Lychee Rose beverage and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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