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January 8, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a sensational and fascinating week! This week's top stories include FDA’s extension of the comment period on the use of “natural” on labeling, TTB’s Tip Line, and a list of the past week's top National Revenue Center pages at TTB.gov.

FDA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD ON USE OF THE TERM "NATURAL" ON LABELING

The FDA announced in November that it is soliciting comments on the use of the term “natural” in the labeling of food products.  This rulemaking could impact the labeling of certain alcohol beverages that are subject to FDA labeling regulations (including any wine with less than 7% alcohol by volume and certain beers made without barley and hops.

Source: Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Constituent Update 

December 24, 2015 Update

Comment Period on Use of the Term “Natural” on Food Labeling Extended Until May 10, 2016 

In direct response to requests from the public, the FDA has extended the comment period for the Use of the Term “Natural” on Food Labeling. The comment period will now end on May 10, 2016. Due to the complexity of this issue, the FDA is committed to providing the public with more time to submit comments. The FDA will thoroughly review all public comments and information submitted before determining its next steps.

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REPORTING SUSPECTED FRAUD, DIVERSION, AND OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITY

We investigate alcohol and tobacco diversion, which refers to the movement of alcohol and tobacco products into domestic commerce without the payment of taxes. Federal law also prohibits the production of alcohol and tobacco products without the necessary permits, registrations, or notices we issue. Manufacturing alcohol or tobacco products (such as moonshine or cigarettes) without a permit and without payment of applicable taxes is one example of diversion. Other examples of alcohol and tobacco diversion include the manufacture of products in excess of the quantity reported to TTB, domestic distribution of products intended for export, smuggled products, and distribution of counterfeit products.

If you suspect alcohol or tobacco diversion, or otherwise believe an alcohol or tobacco industry member is not operating in compliance with federal requirements, please contact the TTB Tip Line by phone at 855-TTB-TIPS or by email at tips@ttb.gov.

Learn more about the TTB Tip Line.

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