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August 15, 2014


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a charming and pleasurable week! This week's top stories include announcements about TTB's new MOU with Moldova, new guidance on the approval of alternative devices for gauging spirits, USDA's proposal to revise the standards for barley, recent information collection notices, plus a list of the past week's top Consumer pages at TTB.gov/.

TTB SIGNS MOU WITH MOLDOVA

TTB SIGNS MOU WITH MOLDOVAOn July 29, 2014, TTB hosted a delegation of winemakers and wine regulators from Moldova. Four officials from Moldova's Ministry of Agriculture, including Minister of Agriculture Vasile Bumacov, and ten winemakers met with officials from TTB's Headquarters Operations and the Office of Chief Counsel to participate in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between TTB and Moldova's Office of Vine and Wine.

The Moldovan delegation was in the United States as part of a program hosted by the Department of Commerce's Special American Business Internship Training Program and was joined at the TTB meeting by representatives from the Office of International Trade of the Department of Treasury, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of State.

The MOU covers many topics including exchanges of information concerning labeling and related regulations, bilateral training, seminars for technical and scientific staff, and developing laboratory-testing methods.

TTB PUBLISHES PUBLIC GUIDANCE ON THE APPROVAL OF ALTERNATIVE DEVICES FOR DETERMINATION OF PROOF OF DISTILLED SPIRITS

If you are a distilled spirits plant proprietor, in order for you to determine the taxes you owe on spirits removed from your bonded premises, you must "gauge" the spirits; that is, determine the quantity and proof of the spirits (see 27 CFR 19.281).

TTB Public Guidance 2014-7 describes the TTB process for approving the use of devices other than a hydrometer and thermometer for determining the proof of distilled spirits for tax purposes. This guidance also sets out the general performance standards that devices must meet in order to be approved for this use.

USDA PROPOSES REVISED STANDARDS FOR BARLEY

The Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration recently published in the Federal Register a proposed rule about the U.S. standards for barley (see 7 CFR part 810) which may be of interest to brewers and distillers producing whiskey.

Specifically, USDA proposes to remove Blue Malting barley and the reference to kernels with white aleurone layers from the "definitions of other terms."  The USDA proposal also will revise the barley standards to add "injured-by-mold" and "mold-damaged" kernels, and it recommends revisions to the grade and grade requirements for Two-rowed Malting barley, Six-rowed Malting barley, and Six-rowed Blue Malting barley.  The USDA believes that these proposed changes will help to facilitate the marketing of barley.

Comments on this proposal are due to USDA by September 23, 2014.  See the USDA proposed rule for information on how and where to comment.

SUBMISSION FOR OMB REVIEW; COMMENT REQUEST NOTICE PUBLISHED IN JULY 28, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER

The Treasury Department has sent two TTB information collections to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval:

  • OMB No. 1513-0101, Marks and Notices on Packages of Tobacco Products (TTB REC 5210/13)
  • OMB No. 1513-0121, Labeling of Major Food Allergens

You can send your comments about the TTB information collections directly to OMB through August 27, 2014

See the Treasury Department's Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request notice published in the Federal Register on July 28, 2014, for additional information, including how and where to comment. You can get copies of the submission(s) by emailing PRA@treasury.gov/, calling 202-927-5331, or visiting www.reginfo.gov/ to see the complete information collection requests.

 

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