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June 6, 2014


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a harmonious and rewarding week! This week's top stories include an announcement about the publication of a ruling that exempts certain malt beverages from formula requirements, another installment in our Who We Are and What We Do series, recent information collection notices, and a list of the past week's top regulations and guidance pages at TTB.gov/.

TTB RULING 2014-4 - INGREDIENTS AND PROCESSES USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF BEER NOT SUBJECT TO FORMULA REQUIREMENTS

In this ruling, TTB exempts malt beverages made with certain ingredients, such as honey, certain fruits, certain spices, and certain food ingredients, from the formula requirements of 27 CFR 25.55. TTB has also determined that certain processes, such as aging beer in barrels that were previously used in the production or storage of wine or distilled spirits, do not require formula approval.

TTB Ruling 2014-4 is effective immediately. Brewers with applications pending in Formulas Online for exempted products may withdraw these applications and proceed immediately to obtaining label approval (if required).  As they come up for processing, TTB will reject any remaining pending and all new formulas applications for exempted products indicating that no analysis of the formula is required.

  • For quick reference view Exempt Ingredients and Processes Determined to be Traditional Under TTB Ruling 2014-4.

TTB: WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO - OFFICE OF HEADQUARTERS OPERATIONS

This is a continuation of our series on who we are and what we do! We're going to cover each division of HQ Ops separately so we can provide more in-depth information about each one.

Office of Headquarters Operations

  Assistant Administrator-Headquarters Operations Theresa McCarthy

  Deputy Asst. Administrator-Headquarters Operations Gail Davis

The Office of Headquarters Operations houses the bureau's policy offices, which include the Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division, Regulations and Rulings Division, International Affairs Division, Scientific Services Division, and Knowledge Management Staff.

Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division

The Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division (ALFD) ensures the proper tax classification of alcohol beverages; ensures that formulas, labels, and advertisements for alcohol beverages are in compliance with Federal laws and regulations; ensures that labels provide consumers with adequate information about the identity and quality of alcohol beverage products; prevents consumer deception; and educates and provides guidance to industry and the general public on laws, regulations, and activities regarding ALFD's mission and functions.

ALFD's responsibilities are divided among four offices:

Market Compliance Office

  • Ensures that alcohol beverage advertisements are in compliance with the FAA Act and regulations.
  • Monitors alcohol beverages in the marketplace through the Bureau-wide beverage alcohol monitoring and compliance program.
  • Monitors, coordinates, and responds to consumer complaints pertaining to alcohol beverage products.
  • Assists TTB Field Operations in its investigations and audits of Federal Alcohol Administration Act cases involving alcohol beverage formulation, labeling, and advertising issues.

Formulation/Malt Beverage and Distilled Spirits Office

  • Examines domestic alcohol beverage formulas to ensure product integrity, accurate product identification, correct tax classification, and compliance with Federal laws and regulations.
  • Reviews and processes applications for certificates of label approval (COLAs) (TTB Form 5100.31) for malt beverage and distilled spirits.
  • Answers inquiries via phone and e-mail on a wide range of domestic and import issues and concerns relating to the production and formulation of wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverage products, Formulas Online, and labeling of malt beverages and distilled spirits.

Wine Office

  • Reviews and processes applications for certificates of label approval (COLAs) (TTB Form 5100.31) for wine.
  • Answers inquiries via phone and e-mail on a wide range of domestic and import issues and concerns relating to wine labeling.

Risk Assessment and Information Services Office

  • Provides information technology advice to alcohol beverage industry members and representatives about COLAs Online and Formulas Online.
  • Reviews and processes requests for access to the COLAs Online and Formulas Online systems.

PhoneCONTACT US

For more information about ALFD, contact us at 202-453-2250 or toll free at 866-927-ALFD (2533), or by email at Submit an Online Inquiry.

INFORMATION COLLECTION REVIEW AND COMMENT REQUEST NOTICE PUBLISHED IN MAY 29, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER

The Treasury Department recently sent five TTB information collections to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.  You can send your comments about the TTB information collections directly to OMB through June 30, 2014. See the Treasury Department's "Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request" notice published in the Federal Register on May 29, 2014, for additional information, including how and where to comment.

The five TTB information collections referenced in this notice, and their OMB approval numbers, are:

  • OMB No. 1513–0014, TTB F 5000.8, Power of Attorney;
  • OMB No. 1513–0044, Notice of Change in Status of Plant;
  • OMB No. 1513–0050, TTB F 5110.50, Tax Deferral Bond—Distilled Spirits (Puerto Rico);
  • OMB No. 1513–0069, Tobacco Products Manufacturers—Supporting Records for Removals for the Use of the United States; and
  • OMB No. 1513–0128, TTB F 5600.33, 5600.34, 5600.35, 5600.36, and 5600.37, Records to Support Tax Free and Tax Overpayments Sales of Firearms and Ammunition.

You can obtain copies of the submission(s) by emailing PRA@treasury.gov/, calling 202-622-1295, or viewing the complete information collection requests at www.reginfo.gov/.

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