- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer is renewing his push for legislation to ban powdered alcohol.

The New York Democrat, who proposed a similar measure last August, says it’s more urgent since the product could reach store shelves in the next few weeks.

Schumer says it’s easily concealable and would contribute to problems of underage drinking, drunken driving and other alcohol-related crime.

The parent company for the freeze-dried product, called Palcohol, has disagreed, saying it would be sold under the same restrictions as liquid alcohol.

Palcohol was approved earlier this year for federal labels by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Schumer has called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration step in and halt sales of Palcohol but says the FDA has declined to investigate.

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