Below is what one of our kombuchaholics wrote me and with her permission I am sharing it with the rest of you!! Thanks Vicki!
I am in the food manufacturing business. This sounds like one of those silly
regs that makes manufacturers crazy. So, they now have a huge expense in
that none of their existing labels are any good (very expensive, all those
colors and they have to toss them) and they have to make new labels. They
had to ship back product and reship to the store plus the loss of sales
while it’s off the shelf. This is a really big deal for all those Kombucha
manufacturers. Of course, if they were smart, they have insurance and it
should cover the recall. This shouldn’t affect you in any way what so
ever, this is just a glitch and my guess is, the Kombucha will be back on
the shelves fairly quickly with the revised label.
All that said, thank goodness we have our home brewing system! We actually
started a second brewer with one of the baby scoby’s so now, we have as much
as we can possibly drink and we owe it all to you! Many thanks,
Vicki then wrote to us today the following…
Found out more about the pulling of the Kombucha. I was in my health food
store today and they are still carrying. The letter she got from the FDA was
about alcohol content and EXCISE TAXES! We should have known this came down
to money. The FDA is testing Kombucha to see if there is enough alcohol in
it to warrant the special labels and the alcohol tax-plus the stores would
have to have a license to sell it! If it has less than non-alcoholic beer,
hopefully it will pass the test. In the meantime, you may see sales shoot
========= Dave’s Response ==================
First off it is so awesome to see other people (especially from our kombucha community), get so involved. Secondly.. yes! sales have been off the charts.. and we are BACK ORDERED for about a week or two. Please still order as we are fulfilling the orders on a first come first serve.. so if you keep waiting it will only be longer.. that said I refuse so ship out anything (especially cultures) until they are full grown and super hero healthy!! I do not care if I loose sales.. as I know I will gain long term awesome loyal customers (just go ask the crazy kombuchaholics that have been with me since the get go.. YOU. GUYS. ROCK!).