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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
March 20, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a keen and effective week! This week's top stories announcements about underwater aging of wine, information collection notices, new FDA Small Entity Compliance Guide on menu labeling, and a list of the past week's top TTB Learning Center pages at TTB.gov/.
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Top TTB Learning Center pages for Mar. 9-15, 2015
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The TTB Newsletter compiles the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.
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TTB ISSUES ANNOUNCEMENT ON UNDERWATER AGING OF WINE
TTB has consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine whether wines aged under ocean waters would be considered adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), 21 U.S.C. 301, et seq. It is TTB's position that wines found to be adulterated under the FD&C Act are considered mislabeled within the meaning of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act), 27 U.S.C. 201, et seq., which TTB enforces.
The FDA has advised us that aging wine in a way that bottle seals have contact with sea or ocean waters may render these wines adulterated under the FD&C Act in that they have been held under unsanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth or may have been rendered injurious to health (21 U.S.C. 342(a)(4)).
See the TTB Announcement Advisory on Underwater Aging of Wine for more details.
TTB SEEKS COMMENTS ON FOUR INFORMATION COLLECTIONS
We are accepting comments through May 11, 2015, on the extension or revision of four existing TTB information collections (forms, recordkeeping requirements, and surveys), as explained in Proposed Information Collections; Comment Request (No. 51), published in the March 12, 2015, Federal Register.
To view this information collection notice and related forms, go to Docket No. TTB-2015-0001 at Regulations.gov/. We also have published a direct link to that docket on our TTB.gov/ Commenting on a Form and Information Collection Notices pages. If you would 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, TTB is requesting comments on the following information collections:
FDA RELEASES SMALL ENTITY COMPLIANCE GUIDE ON MENU LABELING
Source: FDA Constituent Update
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled "Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments"--Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG). The guidance represents FDA's current thinking on nutrition labeling of standard menu items in restaurants and similar retail food establishments and is intended to help small entities comply with the final rule titled "Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments," which was released December 1, 2014 and becomes effective December 1, 2015.
The SECG is intended to assist small businesses in complying with the rule and restates the requirements of the final rule in plain language. FDA is also developing a SECG for vending machine labeling and intends to issue that guidance soon. Also, FDA intends to issue other guidance that will provide additional information to further assist covered establishments in complying with the requirements of the final rules.
You may submit electronic or written comments on the SECG to the FDA at any time. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov/ and written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
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