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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
August 7, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a cheerful and untroubled week! This week's top stories include announcements about the selection of a new TTB lab chief, what's included in the latest version of Formulas Online, two AVA rulemaking documents, USDA proposed updates to the National Organic Program "National List," and a list of the past week's top Formulation pages at TTB.gov/.
WHAT'S POPULAR ON TTB.gov/
Top Formulation Pages for July 27-August 2, 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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CATHY HALVERSON SELECTED AS CHIEF OF TTB BEVERAGE ALCOHOL LABORATORY
We are pleased to announce that Cathy Halverson has been selected as Chief of TTB’s Beverage Alcohol Laboratory. Halverson started her career in the federal government in 1986, and she joined the Alcohol and Tobacco Laboratory of TTB’s predecessor agency, ATF, as a chemist in 1987; she transitioned to TTB in 2003 when we were created. Prior to this selection, Halverson served as Quality and Safety Manager of TTB’s Scientific Services Division (SSD), and in 2007, she successfully led the SSD efforts to bring our laboratories under ISO17025 accreditation. Halverson has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and has vast experience in the regulatory analysis of alcohol beverages and their related regulations.
INTRODUCING RELEASE 1.6.1 OF FORMULAS ONLINE
On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, we released Formulas Online version 1.6.1. The following system updates and new functionality are included in this version:
Main Navigation Banner and Tabs Lock – Formulas Online now locks the main navigation banner and tabs when you maximize or minimize your web browser window. Previously, the items on the main navigation banner (including the Quick Search fields) and the tabs would wrap when you maximized or minimized your web browser window.
For additional information about Formulas Online enhancements, see the Version 1.6.1 Release Notice: What's New in Formulas Online 1.6.1 (Industry Members).
TTB PUBLISHES TWO RULEMAKING DOCUMENTS ABOUT AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREAS
TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. This past week we published in the Federal Register one proposed rule to establish an American viticultural area, or AVA, and one final rule establishing a new AVA.
Proposed Establishment of Tip of the Mitt Viticultural Area
We are accepting comments through October 5, 2015, on Notice No. 155, Proposed Establishment of the Tip of the Mitt Viticultural Area, which was published on Thursday, August 6, 2015. Located in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, this 2,760-square mile proposed AVA is not located within, nor does it contain, any established AVA. We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed by the Straits Area Grape Growers Association on behalf of the local vineyard and winery owners.
You may comment on this proposal and view copies of the proposed rule, selected supporting materials, and any comments we receive about this proposal at Regulations.gov/ within Docket No. TTB-2015-0011. A link to that docket is posted on our Wine – Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 155.
Read the related press release.
Establishment of the Squaw Valley-Miramonte Viticultural Area
We also published a final rule, T.D. TTB-129, in Federal Register on Friday, August 7, 2015, establishing the approximately 44,690-acre “Squaw Valley–Miramonte” AVA in Fresno County, California. This AVA does not overlap any established viticultural areas. This final rule is effective on September 8, 2015.
Read the related press release.
NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM (NOP); SUNSET 2015 AMENDMENTS TO THE NATIONAL LIST
AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their October 2014 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2015 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would remove two nonorganic agricultural substances from the National List for use in organic handling, fortified cooking wines – marsala wine and sherry wine. This proposed rule would also remove two listings for synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production on the National List, streptomycin and tetracycline, as their use exemptions expired on October 21, 2014.
DATES: Comments must be received by August 31, 2015.
For further information read Document Number AMS–NOP–15–0015; NOP–15–07
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