Ban powdered alcohol, Schumer demands

 

Powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol, should be banned, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters in New York on Sunday. 

“I’m calling on the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, to immediately step in, investigate Palcohol based on its obvious health risks and prohibit this ludicrous product from going to market,” Schumer said at his Midtown office, according to the New York Post

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If you mix the powder with water, it turns into alcohol. Schumer called it the “Kool-Aid of teenage binge drinking.”

“It can be sprinkled on food and even snorted,” he said. “What’s to stop a bad individual from sprinkling powdered alcohol into someone’s lunch or dinner when they’re not looking? This can be really dangerous.” 

Schumer said he wants to Palcohol to be taken off the market before it kills teens. 

“Palcohol can be easily concealed and brought into concerts, school dances and sporting events. We don’t want kids to be dying and hospitalized before the FDA abolishes it,” he said.

Lipsmark manufactures Palcohol, and the Post noted the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau nearly approved the product in April.

An FDA decision would overrule any decision by that agency. 

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