Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

TTB Defers Review of Certain Alcohol Beverage Formulas

TTB has received many inquiries from industry members about the addition of vitamins and other nutrients, directly or indirectly through a flavor, to alcohol beverages. The issue of whether or not ingredients added to alcohol beverages are generally recognized as safe (GRAS), falls within the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Because of uncertainty as to how FDA regulations would apply to such products and the need for TTB to provide clear guidance on this issue to the alcohol beverage industry, we believe it is important to work with FDA on this matter so that TTB can establish clear and appropriate guidance on this issue. As a consequence of this uncertainty, TTB has determined to temporarily suspend consideration of such requests while we work to develop the appropriate guidance.

Page last reviewed/updated: 02/24/2010

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