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December 18, 2015


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a chipper and delightful week! This week's top stories include publication of TTB Ruling 2015-1, which expands the list of ingredients exempt from malt beverage formula requirements, the removal of Marsala and Sherry cooking wines from the National Organic List, the fall Unified Agenda, and a list of the past week's top beer pages at TTB.gov/.

TTB ISSUES UPDATE TO LIST OF INGREDIENTS USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF BEER NOT SUBJECT TO FORMULA REQUIREMENTS

On December 17, 2015, we issued TTB Ruling 2015-1, Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of Beer Not Subject to Formula Requirements. This ruling, which is effective immediately, supersedes TTB Ruling 2014-4.

More Than 50 Additional Exempt Ingredients

Attachment 1 of TTB Ruling 2015-1 lists more than 50 additional ingredients now exempt from beer and malt beverage formula requirements.

Questions? Contact the Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division at 202-453-2250, or toll free 866-927-AFLD (2533), or via email at alfd@ttb.gov/.

NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM: SUNSET 2015 AMENDMENTS TO THE NATIONAL LIST – REMOVAL OF FORTIFIED COOKING WINES--MARSALA WINE AND SHERRY WINE

Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 239 Monday, December 14, 2015

SUMMARY: This final rule addresses 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 final rule removes two nonorganic agricultural substances from the National List for use in organic handling, fortified cooking wines--marsala wine and sherry wine. This final rule also removes 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: Effective Date: This final rule is effective on December 14, 2015.

FALL 2015 UNIFIED AGENDA AND REGULATORY PLAN NOW AVAILABLE

Each spring and fall, the Regulatory Information Center, on behalf of the federal government’s 60 Executive branch departments and independent agencies, compiles the semiannual Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

The Unified Agenda provides uniform reporting of data on regulatory and deregulatory activities under development throughout the federal government.  Each edition of the Unified Agenda includes regulatory agendas from all federal entities that currently have regulations under development or review.

Fall editions of the Unified Agenda include The Regulatory Plan, which presents agency statements of regulatory priorities and additional information about the most significant regulatory activities planned for the coming year.  With the Fall Unified Agenda, agencies also publish their Regulatory Plan listing the important regulatory actions that they are considering issuing in proposed or final form during that fiscal year.

The Fall 2015 Treasury Department Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan is now available online at the Regulatory Information Center’s website.

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