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A question about methods for 'ascertaining legality'

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Two things I'm curious about:

 

Is it true to say that, given the information indicating that pre-ban absinthe did not contain the levels of thujone once suspected, then even the current US regulations regarding thujone would permit some pre-ban absinthes?

 

What procedure does a producer of absinthe need to apply in order to ascertain whether or not their product meets US or EU standards? Some kind of chromatography, I imagine but I'd be curious about which kind and the effort involved. It seems that if the procedure is well understood and not too involved, that more absinthe producers eager to tap into the US market would apply it.

 

Thanks for any replies!

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Someone like Ted or one of the many producers could give a better answer, but in the mean time.

 

The Best test appears to be GCMS (Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry). Which is considered the Gold standard in forensics. It's especially important as GC used alone can sometimes give inaccurately high results, mistaking another chemical for thujone.

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Two things I'm curious about:

 

Is it true to say that, given the information indicating that pre-ban absinthe did not contain the levels of thujone once suspected, then even the current US regulations regarding thujone would permit some pre-ban absinthes?

This is true. Some examples of pre-ban absinthe would be approved in the US today, as are absinthes made precisely by pre-ban formulas and processes.

 

What procedure does a producer of absinthe need to apply in order to ascertain whether or not their product meets US or EU standards? Some kind of chromatography, I imagine but I'd be curious about which kind and the effort involved. It seems that if the procedure is well understood and not too involved, that more absinthe producers eager to tap into the US market would apply it.

In order to enter the US market, whether as an import or domestically produced product, the producer or importer must submit a 750ml sample to the TTB lab, along with a detailed statement of formula and process.

Read more here.

 

If a producer wants to be certain that a product qualifies before submitting it (thereby preventing a possible rejection and resubmission and also saving a lot of time) they can have a sample analyzed at an independent lab that does the TTB required assay.

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>they can have a sample analyzed at an independent lab that does the TTB required assay<

 

those labs being easily found in almost every state....

 

(snicker)

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