Passage of this legislation was due to a cooperative effort by government and industry representatives. This author, Chair of American Herbal Product Association's Liquid Extracts Committee, established communication with LCB staff and board members in Olympia in May 1998, working with the agency's legislative liaison, Rick Garza, to shepherd the ensuing bill through the State Congress. Their testimony to the commerce committees of the Senate and the House aided in unanimous passage by both bodies.
Effective July 15, 1999, the Revised Washington Code will classify dietary supplements that contain alcohol and are fit for beverage use as exempt from the state definition of "liquor," so long as they are appropriately labeled. Alcohol content in any amount greater than one-half percent is required to be disclosed on product labeling in conformity with federal labeling regulations.
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By Michael McGuffin