Feds say they made a mistake when approving powdered alcohol 'Palcohol' labels

It may be longer than previously expected before you see powdered alcohol on liquor store shelves.

The U.S. Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, is now saying they made a mistake when approving the product called Palcohol.

The TTB originally approved seven different Palcohol labels on April 8, including margarita and mojito flavors. According to the TTB's website, those labels have now been "suspended."

Palcohol's official website, which has been heavily reworked over the past few days, offers a bit more clarification: "We have been in touch with the TTB and there seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level, how much powder is in the bag. There was a mutual agreement for us to surrender the labels."

"This doesn't mean that Palcohol isn't approved. It just means that these labels aren't approved," the Palcohol website states. "We will re-submit labels. We don't have an expected approval date as label approval can vary widely."

Critics expressed concern about people abusing the powdered alcohol.

As for snorting the powder, the company warns, "We have seen comments about goofballs wanting to snort it. Don't do it!"

"To take precautions against this action, we've added volume to the powder so it would take more than a half of a cup of powder to get the equivalent of one drink up your nose," the website states. "You would feel a lot of pain for very little gain."

If you don't want to wait on regulators for your powdered booze, Popular Science has a recipe for home-made powdered alcohol. But follow the advice emphasized by Palcohol and "please use it responsibly."

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