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March 7, 2014


Greetings! We hope you had a delightful and gratifying week! This week's top stories include information about our 2013 Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program results,  our most recent information collection notice, and a list of the past week's most popular Publications pages at TTB.gov/.


TTB's mission to protect the public includes ensuring that labels on alcohol beverages contain adequate descriptive information and are not likely to mislead consumers. We created the Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program (ABSP), which includes a random survey of products in the marketplace, to helps us identify any existing compliance issues and evaluate our success in meeting this mission.

Each year we conduct the ABSP by purchasing products from the marketplace and bringing them to our offices for label assessments to determine if products are in compliance with our labeling regulations. Following the label assessments, we send the products to our laboratories to undergo a series of analyses to determine the accuracy of certain information displayed on the product labels.

Each year we post the ABSP results and findings on our Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program home page at TTB.gov/:

The results of our sampling program over the past few years indicate that proofing and gauging of distilled spirits is a problem area for some industry members. Because the excise tax for distilled spirits is based on alcohol content, proper gauging of distilled spirits is a vital factor in proper tax determination. To address this issue, we are working to develop educational tools to assist distillers with their gauging skills and are raising awareness of the issue through our outreach efforts. We encourage industry members to review the gauging manual found in 27 CFR part 30 and the official methods used by our Scientific Services Division.


We are accepting comments through April 28 on an information collection notice we published in the February 25, 2014 edition of the Federal Register, concerning five of TTB's information collections.

To view the notice, forms, and comments related to this notice, go to Docket No. TTB–2014–0002 at Regulations.gov/.  We have also published a direct link to that docket on our TTB.gov/ Commenting on a Form and Information Collection Notices pages.

If you'd like to submit a comment electronically, use the Regulations.gov/ comment form for this notice. To submit comments by postal mail or hand delivery, see the instructions in the notice.

In this notice, TTB is requesting comments on the following information collections:

  • OMB No. 1513–0014, TTB F 5000.8, Power of Attorney
  • OMB No. 1513–0044, Notice of Change in Status of Plant [Used by Distilled Spirits Plants.]
  • OMB No. 1513–0050, TTB F 5110.50, Tax Deferral Bond–Distilled Spirits (Puerto Rico)
  • OMB No. 1513–0069, TTB REC 5210.6, Tobacco Products Manufacturer–Supporting Records for Removal for the Use of the United States
  • OMB No. 1513–0128, TTB F 5600.33, 5600.34, 5600.35, 5600.36 & 5600.37, Statement of Ultimate Vendor; Exemption Certificate (Use of Certain Vessels or Aircraft); Exemption Certificate (Use by State or Local Governments); State of Manufacturer's Vendee (For Export); & Statement of Manufacturer's Vendee (Use on Further Manufacture) [Used to document certain tax-free sales of firearms or ammunition.]

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