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June 20, 2014


Greetings! We hope you had a phenomenal and singular week! This week's top stories include information about our new "plug & play" worksheets for limited ingredient calculations, a press release about our Fair Play AVA notice of proposed rulemaking, an announcement about the semiannual regulatory unified agenda, plus a list of the past week's top Distilled Spirits pages at TTB.gov/.

TTB's Limited Ingredient Calculation Worksheets Assist Industry Members with Formulas

On our Formulation page at TTB.gov/, you will find our newly uploaded Limited Ingredient Calculation Worksheets, which are available to industry members as a way to help streamline the formula approval process.

These documents provide you with a "plug & play" approach to calculating limited components when using compounded nonbeverage flavors utilized in the production of beverage alcohol. These worksheets will ensure that you remain within the use rates prescribed by TTB and FDA for ingredients such as Vanillin, Ethyl Vanillin, Maltol, Ethyl Maltol, Arabic Gum, Sodium Benzoate, etc.

There are two versions of the Limited Ingredient Calculation Worksheets:

TTB Proposes to Expand the Fair Play Viticultural Area

We are accepting comments through August 18, 2014, on Notice No. 143, Proposed Expansion of the Fair Play Viticultural Area, published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2014.

To view the notice, forms, and comments related to this notice, go to Docket No. TTB-2014-0005 at Regulations.gov/.

We have also published a direct link to that docket on our TTB.gov/ All Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page.
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 of proposed rulemaking, we propose to expand the existing 33-square mile “Fair Play” American viticultural area in El Dorado County, California, by approximately 1,200-acres (2 square miles).  The Fair Play viticultural area and the proposed expansion area are located entirely within the established El Dorado and Sierra Foothills viticultural areas.

We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed by a local vineyard and winery owner. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wine and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

2014 Edition of the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda Now Available

Twice each year, the Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC) compiles and publishes online the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).  Each edition of the Agenda includes information on all regulatory actions for all federal agencies that have regulations under development or review.

The Spring 2014 Unified Agenda, published on May 23, 2014, is now available. You may view TTB's planned rulemakings within the Department of the Treasury's portion of the Unified Agenda.

In addition, the Regulatory Agendas of each federal agency, which list economically significant regulations currently under development, were published in the Federal Register of Friday, June 13, 2014.  The Treasury Department’s Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda does not list any TTB-related items since we do not have any economically significant regulations currently under development.

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