Trace of alcohol too much in Kuwait?

Government reconsiders allowing sale of non-alcoholic beer

Apr 19, 2000 - Kuwaiti officials have found traces of alcohol in non-alcoholic beer and will soon decide if the beverage -- only recently legalized -- should continue to be sold.


Residents say non-alcoholic beers are so popular they have been disappearing off supermarket shelves since the sale was made legal in the Gulf Arab state earlier this year. Critics say the beverage contains small amounts of alcohol, the consumption of which is banned by Islam.

Health Ministry tests last week showed that non-alcoholic beer contained a 0.016% trace of alcohol.

The Arab Times reported tests showed an alcohol level of 0.01% -- less than the percentage found in brands of non-alcoholic beers sold in neighboring Saudi Arabia, where strict Islamic law is applied.

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