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TTB Newsletter for August 30, 2013

Greetings! We hope you are having a meditative and reflective  week! This week's top stories include announcements about the use of "gluten-free" on TTB-regulated alcohol beverages and the reopening of the comment period for the "Eagle Peak Mendocino County" viticultural  area, the details for the sixth webinar in the preventing underage drinking series,  and a list of this week's most popular pages at TTB.gov/.

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In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

Please send any questions or comments to the Executive Liaison for Industry and State Matters, Industry-StateLiaison@ttb.gov/.

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Use of "Gluten-Free" on TTB-Regulated Alcohol Beverages

We are currently reviewing our policy on gluten content statements in the labeling and advertising of wines, distilled spirits, and malt beverages in light of the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final rule on the use of the term "gluten-free" for products under FDA’s labeling jurisdiction.

This announcement reminds industry members that TTB Ruling 2012-2, Interim Policy on Gluten Content Statements in the Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages, is still in force for alcohol beverage products that are subject to TTB’s labeling regulations under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

“Eagle Peak Mendocino County” Viticultural Area Comment Period Reopened

At the request of an interested party, TTB has reopened the comment period for Notice No. 135, which proposes the establishment of the "Eagle Peak Mendocino County" viticultural area and the realignment of the existing Mendocino and Redwood Valley viticultural areas in northern California.  Comments on this this proposal are now due on or before October 28, 2013.  To submit a comment electronically, use the Regulations.gov/ comment form for Notice No. 135.  To submit comments by postal mail or hand delivery, see the instructions in Notice 135.  To view all comments and documents related to this proposal, go to Docket No. TTB-2013-0004 on the Regulations.gov/ website.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE Sixth WEBINAR IN THE PREVENTING UNDERAGE DRINKING SERIES

Mark your calendars for the next webinar, hosted by the Department of Education, in the Preventing Underage Drinking series which is sponsored by the Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD), of which TTB is a member.

Webinar #6: Community Coalitions Working Collaboratively Across Secondary and Postsecondary Education to Address Underage Drinking (hosted by the U.S. Department of Education)

When:  September 18, 2013, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT

What: In this webinar, panelists will explore prevention research that strongly supports the use of comprehensive, integrated programs with multiple complementary components to address underage drinking.

Where: To learn more about this webinar and to register for this event, please visit www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/.

WHAT'S POPULAR ON TTB.gov/

Popular Distilled Spirits pages for August 19-25