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Federal Agency Reverses Approval Of Powdered Alcohol

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Critics of the powdered alcohol cocktails fear it will encourage underage drinking. (Getty Images)

Critics of the powdered alcohol cocktails fear it will encourage underage drinking. (Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Instant cocktails may not happen after all.

After approving a new product called Palcohol last month, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has changed its mind.

A spokesman told CBS News’ Jan Crawford that approvals were “issued in error” and refused to give further explanation.

Attorney Robert Lehrman posted a blog about Palcohol, which created a lot of Internet buzz.

Lehrman deals with the regulation of alcoholic beverages. His blog post about Palcohol created a major internet buzz.

“I’m quite astonished that this got approved. In the past, and really to this day, the agency that regulates this tends to be quite careful and rather traditional,” he told CBS News.

Palcohol is a powdered alcohol drink that promises vodka, rum, cosmo and lemon drop cocktails.

News of the dehydrated cocktails raised concern that they might be abused by underage drinkers.

Creator Mark Phillips says he just needs to resubmit the labels and his products remain on track to hit stores this fall

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