AG: Wine ice cream illegal in La.

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Rum-laced fruitcake and boozy bonbons can be sold in Louisiana, but wine ice cream will need action by legislators before it can hit grocers’ freezers.

State Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert said Thursday that he consulted legal experts after Mercer’s Dairy, of New York, sought permission to sell alcohol-laced ice cream flavors in Louisiana.

Hebert’s request resulted in a flurry of legal research on where wine ice cream falls under state law.

An Attorney General’s Office opinion lists the possibilities: Is it an alcoholic beverage, a beverage of low alcoholic content or an adulterated food?

The verdict is that wine ice cream is an adulterated food and an exception must be built into state law so it can be sold in Louisiana.

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