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.
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.
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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