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April 17, 2015


Greetings! We hope you had an agreeable and satisfying week! This week's top stories include announcements about three proposed American viticultural areas, an FDA rulemaking docket affecting registrations of food facilities, and a list of the past week's top Wine pages at TTB.gov/.


We are accepting comments through June 15, 2015, on three viticultural area-related notices of proposed rulemaking, which were published in the Federal Register on April 14, 2015.  We are making these proposals in response to three separate petitions filed on behalf of local wine industry members.  We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

  • Lewis-Clark Valley Viticultural Area: We propose to establish the approximately 306,650-acre "Lewis-Clark Valley" American viticultural area in portions of Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater and Latah Counties in Idaho and Asotin, Garfield, and Whitman Counties in Washington.  We also propose to modify the boundary of the existing Columbia Valley viticultural area to eliminate a potential overlap with the proposed Lewis-Clark Valley viticultural area.  The proposed boundary modifications would decrease the size of the approximately 11,370,320-acre Columbia Valley viticultural area by approximately 57,020 acres. (Notice No. 149, Docket No. TTB-2015-0005)
  • Eagle Foothills Viticultural Area: We propose to establish the approximately 49,815-acre "Eagle Foothills" American viticultural area in Gem and Ada Counties, Idaho.  The proposed viticultural area is located entirely within the existing Snake River Valley viticultural area. (Notice No. 150, Docket No. TTB–2015–0006)
  • Lamorinda Viticultural Area: We propose to establish the approximately 29,369-acre "Lamorinda" American viticultural area in Contra Costa County, California.  The proposed viticultural area is located entirely within the existing San Francisco Bay viticultural area and the multicounty Central Coast viticultural area. (Notice No. 151, Docket No. TTB–2015-0007)

You may comment on these proposals and view copies of the proposed rules, selected supporting materials, and any comments we receive about the proposals at Regulations.gov/ within the appropriate dockets. A link to each docket is posted at our Wine - Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under the appropriate notice number.

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Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, regulations issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require domestic and foreign food facilities to register with the FDA on a bi-annual basis.  Under the Act, "food facilities" include alcohol beverage producers (distilleries, breweries, and wineries). 

On April 9, 2015, the FDA published a proposed rule to amend its food facility registration regulations in order to enhance the FDA’s capabilities to respond to food safety issues and allow it to focus its limited inspection resources.  See the FDA proposed rule for details on the proposal and on how and where to comment.  Comments are due to the FDA by June 8, 2015; comments on the related information collections are due by May 11, 2015. 

For more information on the FDA's food facility registration regulations and requirements, including links to guidance documents for industry members, see the FDA's Registration of Food Facilities page at FDA.gov/.

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