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February 19, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a calm and collected week! This week's top stories include FDA extending the comment period on their proposed rule on gluten-free labeling of fermented and hydrolyzed foods, a guilty plea in a cigarette trafficking case that TTB participated in, and a list of the past week's top tobacco pages at TTB.gov/.

THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) TO REOPEN COMMENT PERIOD ON PROPOSED RULE ON GLUTEN-FREE LABELING OF FERMENTED AND HYDROLYZED FOODS

The FDA is soliciting comments on a proposed rule to establish requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, or foods that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients, and bear a “gluten-free” claim.  TTB’s current policy on “gluten-free” label claims on alcohol beverage labels can be found in TTB Ruling 2014-2.

Source: FDA Constituent Update dated February 12, 2016

In response to requests from the public, the FDA has decided to add an additional 60 days to comment on the following proposed rule that appeared in the Federal Register on November 18, 2015:

For more information:

GUILTY PLEA IN CONSPIRACY TO TRAFFIC IN CONTRABAND CIGARETTES

On February 11, 2016, five defendants pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes.” Each faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for their role in transporting large quantities of cigarettes across state lines for redistribution and sale. The cigarettes were acquired in Virginia, where the tax rate for cigarettes is one of the lowest in the nation, and sold in New York, which has one of the nation’s highest tax rates. The cigarettes were possessed and transported in West Virginia.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Frederick County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Office of Attorney General, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the West Virginia State Police, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. For additional information please refer to the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Press Release

 

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