[Federal Register: April 5, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 66)]

[Proposed Rules]

[Page 17839-17840]

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

27 CFR Part 4

[Notice No. 895; Ref: Notice No. 890]

RIN: 1512-AB86

Labeling of Flavored Wine Products (98R-317P)

AGENCY: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Department of

the Treasury.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of comment period.


SUMMARY: This notice reopens the comment period for Notice No. 890, a

notice of proposed rulemaking, published in the Federal Register on

December 28, 1999. ATF has received a request to extend the comment

period in order to provide sufficient time for all interested parties

to respond to the issues raised in the notice.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before May 5, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Chief, Regulations Division;

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; P.O. Box 50221; Washington, DC

20091-0221; ATTN: Notice No. 895. Written comments must be signed.

Submit e-mail comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. E-mail comments

must contain your name, mailing address, and e-mail address. They must

also reference this notice number and be legible when printed on not

more than three pages 8 1/2" x 11" in size. We will treat e-mail as

originals and we will not acknowledge receipt of e-mail. See Public

Participation section of this notice for alternative means of


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James P. Ficaretta, Regulations

Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 650 Massachusetts

Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226 (202-453-2265).



On December 28, 1999, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking

(NPRM) in the Federal Register soliciting comments from the public and

industry on a proposal to amend the regulations to create a new

standard of identity for flavored wine products (Notice No. 890, 64 FR


The comment period for Notice No. 890 closed on March 29, 2000.

Prior to the close of the comment period ATF

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received a request from Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. (``Heaven

Hill'') to extend the comment period 90 days. Heaven Hill stated that

it has a number of specialty products that would be affected by the

proposed changes and that it needed additional time to evaluate all

products concerned in order to develop an appropriate response to the

issues addressed in the notice.

In consideration of the above, we believe that a reopening of the

comment period is warranted. However, the comment period is being

reopened for 30 days. We believe that a comment period totaling 120

days is a sufficient amount of time for all interested parties to


Public Participation

You may also submit comments by facsimile transmission to (202)

927-8602. Facsimile comments must:

  • Be legible;
  • Reference this notice number;
  • Be 8\1/2\" x 11" in size;
  • Contain a legible written signature; and
  • Be not more than three pages long.

We will not acknowledge receipt of facsimile transmissions. We will

treat facsimile transmissions as originals.


Copies of this notice, Notice No. 890, and the written comments

will be available for public inspection during normal business hours

at: ATF Public Reading Room, Room 6480, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,

Washington, DC.

Drafting Information

The author of this document is James P. Ficaretta, Regulations

Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

List of Subjects 27 CFR Part 4

Advertising, Consumer protection, Customs duties and inspection,

Imports, Labeling, Packaging and containers, and Wine.

Authority and Issuance

This notice is issued under the authority in 27 U.S.C. 205.

Signed: March 30, 2000.

Bradley A. Buckles,


[FR Doc. 00-8353 Filed 4-4-00; 8:45 am]