Recent testing of brewed soft drinks found that some have undeclared alcohol content on their labelling.
Brewed soft drinks that contain 0.5 per cent or more of alcohol by volume must include statements about their contents on the label as well as businesses that stock these drinks to sell must hold a liquor licence.
In a recent study by the Department of Health and Human Services, 47 per cent of brewed soft drinks (also known as fermented soft drinks) such as kombucha, kefir, ginger beer and kvass were found to be non-compliant with alcohol labelling requirements including statements about alcohol content and specifications of standard drinks.
During the brewing process for these types of soft drinks, alcohol is produced. If the process is uncontrolled, there are inaccuracies in alcohol measurement by the manufacturer, and/or incorrect transport and storage of retail ready brewed soft drinks, this can result in excess production of alcohol and incorrect labelling of alcohol content in the product.
Drinks with 0.5 or above alcohol by volume are classified as liquor which means selling them requires a liquor licence or penalties will apply.
Unknown consumption of alcohol can also be harmful as well as misleading to consumers.
For more information about this study and what you can do as a licensee see the Department of Health and Human Services website.