MDA issues consumer advisory for Norseman Distillery Leathered Aquavit product

Use of unapproved materials in processing


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is advising consumers not to consume Norseman Distillery brand Leathered Aquavit because an unapproved ingredient was used in the making of this product. The Leathered Aquavit, manufactured by Norseman Distillery of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was made with non-food grade tanned leather (animal hide), which is an unapproved food ingredient. This advisory includes all of the company’s Leathered Aquavit. Aquavit is a flavored alcohol typically made from grain or potatoes. The Norseman product was sold in 750mL bottles at various retail locations and distributed to various restaurant and retail service locations.

Label of Norseman Leathered Aquavit

The MDA became aware of the issue after receiving a complaint. State officials are not aware of any illnesses associated with these products. However, the MDA is advising the public of this concern because the safety of the product cannot be assured. Consumers who purchased this product should not consume it and should discard the product.


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