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December 12, 2014


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a festive and jubilant week! This week's top stories include an announcement that December 26 has been declared a federal holiday, information about optional serving and alcohol facts statements in labeling and advertising, and a list of the past week's top Tax Audit pages at TTB.gov/.

DECEMBER 26 DECLARED A FEDERAL HOLIDAY

President Obama recently issued an Executive Order declaring December 26 a federal holiday. This means that all TTB offices will be closed on both December 25 and 26, 2014.

All TTB e-filing systems will be available as usual during the holiday closure.

OPTIONAL SERVING FACTS AND ALCOHOL FACTS STATEMENTS IN LABELING AND ADVERTISING

In 2013, we issued a ruling (Ruling 2013-2) that allows alcohol beverage industry members to provide consumers with nutritional information about their products and provides guidelines to ensure that the information is presented in a consistent and non-misleading manner.

The ruling allows "Serving Facts" statements that include the serving size, the number of servings per container, the number of calories per serving, and the number of grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat per serving. Additionally, Serving Facts statements may include information about the alcohol content of the product as a percentage of alcohol by volume and may also include a statement of the fluid ounces of pure ethyl alcohol per serving.

In response to inquiries about presenting per-serving alcohol content information without nutrient content information, we published FAQs that provide guidance on optional "Alcohol Facts" statements for labels and advertisements. "Alcohol Facts" statements include per-serving alcohol content information on labels and advertisements that do not also contain nutrient content information or claims.

Industry members who wish to revise approved labels by including a Serving Facts statement consistent with TTB Ruling 2013-2 do not need to apply for new label approval, as long as the format is one that is included in the attachment to TTB Ruling 2013-2, "Examples of Acceptable Serving Facts Statements." Additionally, industry members may revise an approved label to include an Alcohol Facts statement that is consistent with the guidance in the Alcohol Facts FAQs, as long as the format is consistent with the format in the examples provided in AF9 of those FAQs.

 

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