Updated 28 July 2014

Powderd alcohol product blocked by US authorities

A US regulatory body blocked the sale of a just-add-water alcoholic beverage mix called 'Palcohol' because of a labelling issue.

The planned release of a just-add-water alcoholic beverage mix called "Palcohol" hit a snag this week when the US regulatory body in charge of approving its sale blocked it over a labelling issue, the company behind the product said.

The company, in a statement on its website said the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau had found a discrepancy in how much powder was in each bag of its product.

That prompted the company, named Lipsmark and registered in Tempe, Arizona, to agree to submit new labels for approval, the statement said.

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"This doesn't mean that Palcohol isn't approved. It just means that these labels aren't approved. We will re-submit labels," the company said, adding that it was unable to estimate how long it would take new labels to receive approval.

Officials with the bureau, a branch of the US Treasury Department, did not respond to requests for comment.

Palcohol's website says that the packages will weigh about an ounce and that it plans to sell six varieties including vodka, rum and cocktail flavours.

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