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Which Alcohol Beverages Require Formula Approval?


We are currently reviewing our labeling guidance and will update it consistent with Labeling Modernization
(T.D. TTB-158 and T.D. TTB-176).


Distilled Spirits

This spirit is:


You do not need to submit for Pre-COLA product evaluation. You may apply for label approval now.

Submit your formula through .
Submit a 750 ml sample, along with a complete list of ingredients and method of manufacture to the .
The Laboratory receives the sample. If any additional information is needed, the lab will contact you before analyzing the sample.
The chemist analyzes the sample and sends the results to the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division.
A formula specialist verifies that all of the information has been submitted and contacts other specialists as needed to determine the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status and the product tax classification.
See to for a list of ingredients and processes used in the production of beer that are not subject to formula requirements. If the ingredients and processes used in the production of your beer are not included in Attachment 1 to TTB Ruling 2015-1, submit to our Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division.
After reviewing all of the information, the formula specialist will make a determination of APPROVAL or REJECTION.
You will receive the approved application with the classification of the product. You may now apply for label approval by submitting a copy of the formula approval with the label application using . Our rejection letter will include an explanation of the information needed to process this application.



Last updated: July 19, 2024