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Part of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's (TTB) mission is to protect the public. This section educates you on how our regulations and laws protect consumers and how you can report suspicious activities. Additionally, we partner with other Federal agencies in creating and enforcing laws to promote industry compliance.
- Filing a Complaint
As a consumer you have a right and responsibility to report a product that you suspect may be contaminated or unsafe for consumption.
- Reporting Illegal Activities
TTB investigates the suspected diversion of alcohol and tobacco products, cigarette papers or tubes outside the legal distribution chain.
- Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse and Prevention
TTB does not regulate beverage alcohol sales or establish the legal drinking age. Those laws and regulations are written and enforced by State regulators and local law enforcement agencies. We provide links to resources on these issues.
- Consumer Safety and Product Testing
TTB laboratories assure that product integrity is not compromised and that prohibited ingredients are not contained in alcohol products or in tobacco associated with a potential counterfeit product.
- Health Warning Statements
Congress requires that warning labels "inform and remind the American public of the health hazards that may result from the consumption or abuse of alcoholic beverages."
- Importing Alcohol for Personal Use
When a person imports beverage alcohol products into the United States on a one-time basis for personal use, an importer's basic permit is not required, nor is it necessary to obtain a COLA. However, ALL federal, state, and local taxes must be paid, and other state, local, or CBP requirements may apply.
- Environmental Issues
TTB collects information from alcohol and tobacco producers about the environmental impact of their operations.