New Ruling Exempts Certain Beers and Malt Beverages from Formula Approval; Please Withdraw Pending Formulas for Exempted Products

Posted 01/21/2016


If you are a brewer or malt beverage importer, our new ruling contains information that could exempt your product from formula approval requirements and allow you to proceed directly to label approval (if required).

We recently issued a new ruling, TTB Ruling 2015-1, Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of Beer Not Subject to Formula Requirements, which expands the list of ingredients and beer-making processes that are exempt from beer and malt beverage formula requirements.

If you currently have any beer or malt beverage formulas in Formulas Online “pending” status, please review both your formula and Attachment 1 of TTB Ruling 2015-1 to determine if the formula is still required.  If you have any applications pending in Formulas Online that you determine are for exempted products, please withdraw these applications and proceed immediately to label approval (if required).

For more information see the guidance in the January 15, 2016 announcement.

Questions? Contact the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division at 202-453-2250, or toll free at 866-927-AFLD (2533), or via email at Submit an Online Inquiry.

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