By Amanda Anderson
BREVARD -- Cecelia Avitabile, owner of The Herb Corner, has a reason to celebrate.
After a visit from a Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agent in May, Mrs. Avitabile was forced to pull the herbal tinctures off of her shelves. Because the tinctures contained alcohol, the agent deemed them non-compliable with certain sections of Florida's alcoholic beverages laws.
The American Herbal Products Association was informed of like incidents and responded to the actions made by the ABT.
In a statement released on May 25, the American Herbal Products Association said "[we] believe that these enforcements represent a misunderstanding of the relevant Florida Law. While this law defines alcoholic beverages to include 'all beverages containing one-half of 1-percent or more alcohol,' it specifically exempts proprietary products that are 'unfit for beverages purposes.'"
After further investigation between the AHPA and the Florida Division of the ABT, businesses, like The Herb Corner, were notified that they would be allowed to carry herbal tinctures again.
"I was just handed a letter from the division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco rescinding the notice to pull tinctures off the shelves," Mrs. Avitabile said in an email to the Hometown News. "I know that it was because of your efforts in speaking up to this department that this matter was reconsidered."
Herbal tinctures, which are labeled as herbal supplements and have been approved as non-beverage products by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, have been used by many for a variety of ailments and supplements.