NaturPro Scientific presented method validation data leading to a unanimous vote for adoption of first action Official Method status at the 130th Annual Meeting of AOAC International, September 18-21, 2016.
The Official Method status is thought to be the first method to demonstrate scientific validity for ethanol in kombucha under peer review, and is the result of a truth-in-labeling initiative supported by industry.
Kombucha is a fermented tea marketed for probiotic properties, which is expected to continue 25% yearly growth, to nearly $2 billion by the year 2020.
The validation data has been submitted to the Journal of AOAC for publication.
A preliminary validation study, including data from multiple laboratories, is available here.