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May 23, 2014


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a fresh and simple week! This week's top stories include information about how new Argentine wine labeling rules affect label approval requirements, an announcement about new USDA/National Organic Program guidance, and a list of the past week's top International Affairs Division pages at TTB.gov/.

NEW ARGENTINE WINE LABELING RULES AND CERTIFICATE OF LABEL APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS

The Argentine government recently issued a resolution (Resolución C.49/2013) that requires additional information to appear on labels of all wine made in Argentina, including on the labels of exported wine. One of the following three items must appear on wine made in Argentina:

  1. The phrase "Vino Argentino Bebida Nacional" (which translates as "Wine of Argentina, National Beverage")
  2. The following logo:
    NEW ARGENTINE WINE LABELING RULES AND CERTIFICATE OF LABEL APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS
    or,
  3. A two dimensional barcode, for example, a Quick Response (QR) code, that provides access to the company's website, which must contain the logo.

For the specific requirements, for example, type size, placement, etc., please consult Resolución C.49/2013 or the Instituto National de Vitivinicultura of Argentina.

In line with our ongoing efforts to streamline the alcohol beverage label review and approval process, industry members will not be required to obtain a new certificate of label approval if an approved label is being changed only to meet the new Argentine requirement (listed above). This includes the addition of a new neck or strip label solely for that purpose.

USDA PUBLISHES AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF GUIDANCE FOR THE NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM AND ORGANIC LABELING

On May 1, 2014, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture announced in a Federal Register Notice the availability of a final guidance document intended for use by accredited certifying agents and certified organic operations. The final guidance document, "Products in the 'Made with Organic ***' Labeling Category (NOP 5032)," is available in the National Organic Program Handbook. There are two other documents related to this guidance published in the Handbook:

  • A response to comments (explains changes AMS did or did not make in response to public comments on the draft guidance); and
  • Labeling examples (illustrates and explains how to apply the clarifications in this guidance).

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