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Senator Schumer calls on FDA to ban new powdered alcohol product

By WKTV News

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has called upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately halt a new product from gaining federal approval.

The new powdered alcoholic product, "Palcohol" is expected to get federal approval from The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and hit the shelves this fall.

Palcohol is a an easily concealable substance that can be mixed with water and sprinkled onto food, or even be snorted. Because of this, Schumer has cited health concerns as a reason for asking for the FDA's intervention.

"With powdered alcohol on its way to store shelves by this fall, we're sitting on a powder keg," Schumer said. "Clearly our food and drug safety experts must step in before this mind-boggling product, surely to become the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking, sees the light of day."

Though the TTB makes the decision on whether or not to approve a certain product that deals with alcohol or tobacco products, the FDA does have the authority to supersede the TTB in regulating alcohol products if it is believed to cause significant health concerns.

Schumer has asked the FDA to consider using this power in order to halt the approval of Palcohol, just as they had in the case of the caffeinated alcoholic beverage, Four Loko, previously.

Palcohol is being made by the company Lipsmark LLC, and is freeze dried alcohol product made into a powder form.

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