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November 10, 2016


Greetings! We hope you had a creative and piquant week! We're publishing the TTB Newsletter one day early this week due to the Veteran's Day holiday.  This week's top stories include an announcement that Roberta Sanders is retiring, a guilty plea in a cigarette smuggling case TTB was involved in, an FDA notice about a new version of guidance on food facility registration, as well as a list of the past week's top Pay.gov/ pages at TTB.gov/.


Roberta Sanders, Formulation Program Manager in the Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division (ALFD), will be retiring December 3, 2016, after a career that has spaned 39 ½ years.

Roberta began her federal career in October 1977, with our predecessor agency, ATF. She worked in the Product Compliance Branch (now known as ALFD) providing clerical support on labeling and formulation - related tasks. In 1979, she moved within ATF to Gun Tracing, where she traced many guns including the infamous gun that was used in the assassination attempt on President Reagan.  In 1985, Roberta returned to the Product Compliance Branch as a Specialist, and there she has remained, eventually moving up to her current position of Formulation Program Manager.

Over the years Roberta has enjoyed traveling, speaking with industry members, discussing, and presenting our work processes to the industries we serve.  Roberta thanks each and every person at ATF, TTB, and in the alcohol beverage industry whose path she has crossed during her amazing journey.


On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Amir Mohamed Alsaidi, 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, pled guilty to unlawful cigarette smuggling. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case is the result of an investigation 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.

For more information view the Department of Justice press release.


If you are the owner, operator, or agent in charge of either a domestic or foreign facility that is engaged in manufacturing/processing, packing, or holding of food, including alcohol, for human or animal consumption in the United States, you must register with FDA.

SOURCE: Federal Register /Vol. 81, No. 216 /Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / Proposed Rules

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled "Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Seventh Edition)." This draft guidance contains 15 sections of a multisection guidance intended to provide updated information relating to the food facility registration requirements in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act).

DATES: Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that FDA considers your comment on the draft guidance before FDA begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit either electronic or written comments on the draft guidance by February 6, 2017.

Read the full Federal Register Notice.

Read the Draft Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Seventh Edition)

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