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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
March 25, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a springy and intrepid week! This week's top stories include Treasury’s annual Freedom of Information Act report, USDA rulemaking on the National Organic Program, and a list of the past week's top FOIA pages at TTB.gov.
WHAT'S POPULAR ON TTB.GOV
Top FOIA Pages for March 14 – 20, 2016
ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER
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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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA) ANNUAL REPORT
The Freedom of Information Act requires every Federal agency to submit a report to the Attorney General of the United States annually (pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(e)(1)), providing detailed information concerning the administration of the Act. TTB's submission is included in the Department of the Treasury's report.
View the 2015 FOIA Annual Report.
NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM; NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF NATIONAL LIST PETITION GUIDELINES
In 2000, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized the regulations relating to the National Organic Program (NOP) at 7 CFR Part 205. These rules provide the standards for the production, handling, processing, labeling, and marketing of products labeled with organic claims. While these rules were not written or implemented by TTB, they do apply to alcohol beverages.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.
SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is announcing the availability of NOP 3011, National List Petition Guidelines. These guidelines apply to petitions that request an amendment to the NOP’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). The National List identifies the synthetic substances that may be used and the nonsynthetic substances that may not be used in organic production. The National List also identifies the non-organic substances that may be used in organic handling. The National List Petition Guidelines are based upon the May 2, 2014, recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board and modify the information to be included in a petition. This notice also clarifies the information to be submitted for all types of petitions that request amendments to the National List. This notice and NOP 3011 replace the previous petition guidelines that were published in the Federal Register.
Federal Register on January 18, 2007 (72 FR 2167).
DATES: Effective Date: The petition guidelines announced by this notice of availability are effective on March 11, 2016.