OREGON RETAILERS AWAIT FATE OF FMBS

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon retailers that have benefited from flavored malt beverages' popularity worried they'd face a ban on their sale after Dec. 31 if FMB manufacturers missed a deadline to conform with a state law governing the beverages' content.Oregon bans the sale in grocery stores and other off-premise outlets of beverages whose distilled spirits content exceeds 0.5%. In 2002, federal testing

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon retailers that have benefited from flavored malt beverages' popularity worried they'd face a ban on their sale after Dec. 31 if FMB manufacturers missed a deadline to conform with a state law governing the beverages' content.

Oregon bans the sale in grocery stores and other off-premise outlets of beverages whose distilled spirits content exceeds 0.5%. In 2002, federal testing revealed that most malt-based beverages exceeded that level. While FMBs' alcohol cont

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