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August 12, 2016


Greetings! We hope you had a fine and dandy week! This week's top stories include our tutorial to help you navigate Permits Online, announcements from FDA and USDA about nutrition facts labeling and organic labeling respectively, and a list of the past week's top labeling resources pages at TTB.gov/.


Thinking of getting into a TTB-regulated alcohol or tobacco business? We are pleased to offer a Permits Online Tutorial to help make applying through Permits Online a quick and easy process. Permits Online is our free, secure electronic system that allows you to apply for the type of permit, notification, or notice you need to start your TTB-regulated business, or amend your existing approvals.

Permits Online already includes a number of integrated error-checking areas that can minimize many of the mistakes and possible questions that may pop up while filling out your application. Our Permits Online Tutorial is the perfect supplement to the system, taking you step-by-step through the process of using Permits Online, from preparing and submitting your application to following the status of your application all the way to approval.

The tutorial branches into the different types of applications you may be submitting, too, and it outlines the mandatory documentation you will need, along with the documentation required by specific situations. We have even included screenshots of the Permits Online system, along with tips and some expanded explanations.
Launch the Permits Online Tutorial 


Alcohol beverages that do not fall within the definition of malt beverages, wine, or distilled spirits under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (such as wine/cider with less than 7 percent alcohol by volume, or beers (other than saké or similar products) that are not made with both malted barley and hops) are generally subject to the food labeling regulations issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including the FDA Nutrition Facts labeling regulations.  In May, FDA issued a final rule regarding Nutrition Facts labels for packaged foods. 

Source: FDA Constituent Update dated August 3, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today published a Nutrition Facts label "Industry Resources" web page to help businesses comply with the requirements of the final rules, which were issued in May 2016. Businesses have until July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales) to bring their Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels for packaged foods into compliance with the final rules, but may comply with the new requirements now.

The Industry Resources page provides helpful information including:

  • Frequently Asked Questions specifically focused on industry’s common questions and concerns
  • Annotated graphic illustrations of new label specifications for the most commonly used label formats
  • High-resolution examples of label formats
  • Tables from the final rules showing daily values for vitamins, minerals, and food components, as well as reference amounts customarily consumed per eating occasion (RACCs)
  • Links to final rules and reference materials

For More Information


TTB regulations provide that the use of the term “organic” on alcohol beverage labels must comply with the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA’s) National Organic Program (NOP) regulations at 7 CFR part 205, as interpreted by USDA.

Source: Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 153 Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SUMMARY: This final rule informs the public that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is removing the Program to Assess Organic Certifying Agencies from the Code of Federal Regulations. This action removes unnecessary regulations from the CFR. Since the publication of the organic regulations, the Program to Assess Organic Certifying Agencies is no longer applicable or necessary.

DATES: This rule is effective November 7, 2016 without further action, unless adverse comment is received by September 8, 2016. If adverse comment is received, AMS will publish a timely withdrawal of the rule in the Federal Register.


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