Does the FDA have regulations on how sugar or sugar-like ingredients need to be labeled on food or beverages?

For example, a product called Remedy (kombucha) says "No sugar" on the can label, but "sugar*1" is listed in the ingredients. I tasted the product after buying it and it's clearly very sweet! But now I have no idea what is in there. I'd almost prefer to consume sugar since I can trust it.

  • Are there other sweeteners in the ingredient list? Is there a footnote explaining that the sugar is consumed by the fermentation process so none is present in the final product? Is that footnote designated number 1?
    – phoog
    Mar 19 at 9:16
  • I didn't realize "*1" means footnote #1. It says "No sugar remains after Remedy's fermentation process." Basically what I bought was alcohol. Now that I think about it, they do taste a bit like beer.
    – MacGyver
    Mar 19 at 9:35
  • Interesting. A non-alcoholic drink is defined as being below 0.5%. So I did buy beer.
    – MacGyver
    Mar 19 at 9:37
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    @MacGyver It'd only be beer if they were fermenting grains. They're fermenting sugar (mixed with tea), so it'd technically be rum. ;)
    – nick012000
    Mar 19 at 10:00
  • In germany, you couldn't call it Beer unless the only ingredients are "Wasser, Gerste Hopfenmalz" and there may be no other ingredients either. Everything else can't be called beer without other demarkations. Even Tsingtao, famously made with rice, isn't a "Bier" but "Reis-Bier"
    – Trish
    Mar 19 at 12:03


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