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December 2, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a jingling and merry week! This week's top news includes the proposal to establish the Dahlonega Plateau American Viticultural Area, two FDA constituent updates about FDA labeling regulations that may impact certain alcohol beverages, as well as a list of the past week's top wine pages at TTB.gov/.


TTB PROPOSES ESTABLISHMENT OF THE "DAHLONEGA PLATEAU" AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREA

We are accepting comments through January 31, 2017, on Notice No. 166, Proposed Establishment of the Dahlonega Plateau Viticultural Area, which was published in the Federal Register on Friday, December 2, 2016.  The 133-square mile proposed viticultural area is located in portions of Lumpkin and White Counties in Georgia.  The proposed viticultural area does not lie within or contain any established viticultural area.

We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed by the Dahlonega–Lumpkin Chamber & Visitors Bureau on behalf of the local vineyard and winery owners.  We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

You may submit comments electronically on this proposal and view copies of the proposed rule, selected supporting materials, and any comments we receive about this proposal at Regulations.gov/ within Docket No. TTB–2016–0012.  A link to that docket is posted at our Wine – Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 166.

Read the press release:  Proposed Establishment of the "Dahlonega Plateau" Viticultural Area.

FDA PUBLISHES BIENNIAL UNIFORM COMPLIANCE DATE FOR FOOD LABELING REGULATIONS TO BE ISSUED IN 2017-2018

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 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.

Source: FDA Constituent Update dated November 23, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that January 1, 2020, will be the uniform compliance date for food labeling regulations that are issued in calendar years 2017 and 2018. This action does not change existing requirements for compliance dates contained in final rules published before January 1, 2017.

The FDA issues regulations that sometimes require changes in the labeling of food. Since 1996, the agency has periodically announced uniform compliance dates for new food labeling requirements to minimize the economic impact on the food industry of having to respond separately to each change. Occasionally the FDA sets specific compliance dates other than the uniform compliance date when appropriate. For example, the compliance date for the Revision of the Nutrition Facts and Supplements Facts Labels, issued in May 2016, is July 26, 2018, which is more time than would have been permitted under a uniform compliance date.

All food products subject to the January 1, 2020, compliance date must comply with the appropriate regulations when initially introduced into interstate commerce on or after January 1, 2020. 

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CLARIFICATION ON FDA MENU LABELING COMPLIANCE DATE

In 2010, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) was amended to require that restaurants and similar retail food establishments provide calorie information for standard menu items, including alcohol beverages.
Source: FDA Constituent Update dated November 29, 2016

In December 2015, section 747 of the 2016 Omnibus Bill prohibited FDA from using appropriated funding to implement, administer, or enforce the menu labeling requirements until one year after FDA finalized the draft September 2015 menu labeling guidance. While FDA originally issued a statement indicating the Omnibus Bill extended the compliance date, FDA is clarifying that the compliance date remains December 1, 2016, but, consistent with the Omnibus Bill, FDA will not begin enforcing the final rule until May 5, 2017, which is one year after the date that the Notice of Availability for the final guidance published in the Federal Register.

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