A class-action lawsuit is accusing a Florida-based beverage company of making claims that its kombucha drink product is a non-alcoholic beverage, yet it actually contains traces of alcohol that ends up affecting its customers.
The company in question is Kombucha 221 B.C. or B.C. Kombucha and the latest class action concerns its kombucha drink product.
Filed in the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, plaintiffs Jamie King Colton, Michael Brothers, and Jamiel Brown are contending that B.C. Kombucha’s claims on its beverage product are false, and it contains levels of alcohol that are high enough for the drinker to feel the effects of drunkenness.
The trio shared in their complaint that they have bought a bottle or two of B.C. Kombucha, at some point in the past two years, believing that the drink was non-alcoholic.
Complainant Michael Brothers even detailed an incident wherein he bought a round of Kombucha BC drinks for his officemates one time because they believed its claims of being non-alcoholic.
However, soon after consumption, they felt the classic effects of alcohol – the ones that a person usually experiences after having indulged themselves with an alcoholic drink.
The three also said that they bought the beverage at the supermarket’s non-alcoholic drinks section at their local store.
This holds true for it is also available in such supermarket sections around the country.
Additionally, when they bought their kombuchas, they were not asked for any identification to prove their age – a move that grocers usually take whenever they sell alcohol to an individual.
B.C. Kombucha also evidently missed out on putting any clear and conspicuous labeling in the product that is supposed to warn would-be customers of its ingredient’s high alcohol content.
In fact, the class action adds that the actual alcohol content in B.C. Kombucha’s kombucha beverages are “more than twice the alcohol content” permitted by law for non-alcoholic beverages.
This, as the trio argues in their complaint, poses a serious risk to individuals who are unaware of the true nature of the product’s alcohol content.
Vulnerable groups such as youngsters and anticipating mothers to people who suffer from alcohol dependency can be harmed by the company’s act of not properly disclosing its beverage’s actual alcohol content.
Though the company includes a warning on the product’s back label, complainants feel that it is false and not enough to educate consumers.
The class action lawsuit aims to create a nationwide Class of customers who have bought a B.C. Kombucha drink after believing that they were non-alcoholic.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha, the product that is the main talk in this feature, is a drink made from fermenting black or green tea.
Purportedly having a lot of health benefits, many consumers buy a kombucha drink for themselves for this reason, as well as those who try to steer away from drinks that have alcohol in them.
Manufactured without the process of pasteurizing the drink, probiotics in the kombucha work their magic in order to convert the sugars into alcohol over time.
This leads to the drink containing traces of alcohol. Laws only permit a certain alcohol level for non-alcoholic beverages; to be precise, the permissible amount is only at 0.5%.
This is not the first time that people raised concerns about kombucha drinks and their supposed alcohol content.
In 2010, a nationwide order was released to stop selling kombucha drinks on major retailers’ shelves after it was found out that the alcohol levels in the drinks reached as high as 2.5% – way above the maximum set threshold.
Different companies have also faced legal troubles in the past regarding the actual alcohol content in their kombucha drink offerings.
Editor’s Note on Kombucha 221 BC Class Action Lawsuit Over Hiding Alcohol Content of Their Drinks:
This news feature aims to give you the latest information about the Kombucha 221 BC Class Action Lawsuit, alleging that the company failed to disclose the truth about the actual alcohol contained in their kombucha drinks.
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