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What's in a Formula?

At TTB, part of our mission is to ensure that formulas, labels, and advertisements for alcohol beverages comply with federal laws and regulations.

Many alcohol beverage products must undergo product evaluation (called Pre-COLA Product Evaluation) to determine whether their proposed label identifies the product in an adequate and non-misleading way, before TTB will issue a Certificate of Label Approval, or COLA. During pre-COLA product evaluation, we review a product's ingredients and formulation; in some cases, we may also require laboratory analysis of the product.

TTB regulations require formula approval most commonly when an alcohol beverage product has added flavoring or coloring materials.

To determine if your product requires formula approval and/or laboratory analysis, use our Formula Approval Tool.

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