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Industry Circular

Number: 70-12

Date: March 20, 1970

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division
Washington, D.C. 20224


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Proprietors of distilled spirits plants, manufacturers of nonbeverage products, bonded wine cellars, and others concerned:

This circular is issued to inform you that the recent amendment of Food and Drug regulations as published in the Federal Register for January 27, 1970, provide that the flavor adjuvant, brominated vegetable oils, will be deleted from the list of substances that are generally recognized as safe for use in food, effective on the date of its publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER.

The Commissioner of Food and Drugs has allowed 180 days for reformulation of products containing brominated vegetable oils by either eliminating this material or bringing the concentrate within an allowable level authorized by a food additive regulation.

In view of the above, formulas on Form 27-B Supplemental, Form 698 Supplemental, or Form 1678, and other requests calling for the use of brominated vegetable oils not in conformity with Food and Drug additive regulations will not be approved by the Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division. Existing approved formulas on Form 27-B Supplemental, Form 698 Supplemental or Form 1678, which provide for the use of brominated vegetable oils should be amended, either by a new formula or by a rider, within the 180 day period, to delete or bring this ingredient and substances containing this ingredient into conformity with Food and Drug additive regulations.

Inquiries regarding this circular should refer to its number and be addressed to your Assistant Regional Commissioner, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Harold Serr

Harold A. Serr,

Director Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division

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