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LeChoiSauce Jun 25, 2010 02:15 PM

I just found out that Whole Foods pulled Kombucha from their shelves because of supposed conflicts with alcohol regulations.

Is there anywhere I can buy GT's Kombucha by the case in the Chicago-area!?
Or, I guess I'll have to start brewing my own! Anyone have a mother SCOBY??

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: LeChoiSauce Jun 25, 2010 02:49 PM

    it's a national recall - you *shouldn't* be able to buy it anywhere until they reformulate and put it back on the market. try one of the other brands in the meantime - i like Kefira and Botanica.

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      bibi rose RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 28, 2010 04:54 AM

      According to the sign up at my local Whole Foods, it seems like it's more than one brand affected, and it's not just WF; it's their distributor(s). I am also thinking of starting to brew it at home. I saw two culture packs online for about $40; not bad considering the price of a bottle.

      OP, please do report back if you see cases anywhere.

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: bibi rose Jun 28, 2010 04:17 PM

        Synergy appears to be the one with the highest potential alcohol content, and it was the catalyst for all this and the first one to be pulled. WFM has removed all kombucha from their shelves as a cautionary measure, but other stores and restaurants are still selling some brands...just not Synergy/GT.

        i tried to convince the stock guy at a local natural grocery chain to sell me some of the Synergy they had yanked from the shelves, but he wouldn't budge.

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      rubinow RE: LeChoiSauce Jun 28, 2010 10:41 AM

      They sell it at Strack and Van Til on Elston. I bet you could call them and get a case.

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        LeChoiSauce RE: rubinow Jun 30, 2010 12:42 PM

        Thanks! I'll try to give them a call. GT Dave's Kombucha is my favorite brand!

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          rubinow RE: LeChoiSauce Jul 1, 2010 09:28 AM

          Good luck, but I assume that the recall affects all stores.

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        Eldon Kreider RE: LeChoiSauce Jun 28, 2010 12:09 PM

        The problem is that raw kombucha can continue to ferment and raise the alcohol level above 0.5% maximum to not come under regulations for alcoholic beverages. From the NY Times story: "Industry publications have called the elevated alcohol content in some raw kombuchas a regulatory “ticking time bomb.” One brand, the top-selling Synergy line, might even continue to ‘cook,’ or ferment, in the bottle. That can bring the alcohol content from a legal 0.5 percent to as much as 3 percent, which is as high as some beers, the trade publication Beverage Business Insights wrote in a recent
        newsletter. "

        For full story with links go to http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

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          Fromageball RE: LeChoiSauce Jun 29, 2010 08:00 AM

          I've found it in DC in the past week - I live right outside in Maryland and it's nowhere to be found there. Maybe this particular store just didn't pull their stock? It's the Synergy brand.

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            avocadogreen RE: LeChoiSauce Jul 2, 2010 10:17 AM

            treasure island on clybourn in lincoln park still has quite a few bottles. you will spend $4

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