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December 9, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a bold and beautiful week! This week's top news includes a preview of changes you'll see in COLAs Online starting next week, an announcement from FDA that they are aligning the compliance date and enforcement dates for menu labeling rules, and a list of the past week's top International Affairs Division pages at TTB.gov/.


COMING SOON: COLAS ONLINE 3.14

The latest version of COLAs Online, our electronic system for obtaining alcohol beverage label approval, will be released next week. We've made a few changes based on feedback received from reviewing the reasons for correction and from your interactions with TTB staff.  Our goal is to help you submit applications that can be approved as submitted and that don't need to go back to you for correction.

Appellations (Domestic wine applications only)

  • We've changed the wording of the options in the appellation dropdown menu to be more user-friendly.
  • There is no longer an option to enter free-text.

Formula Section (All applications)

  • We've revised the questions we ask you about formulas to help, 1) determine if you were required to get formula approval before applying for label approval; and 2) ensure you have supplied either a link to the formula or have uploaded a copy of the formula.
  • We've added a new hyperlink to our "Which Alcohol Beverages Require Formula Approval?" webpage, again to help ensure we don't have to send your application back because you were required to get the formula approved before submitting a COLA.

For more information about these changes, please visit TTBOnline.gov/.

Stay tuned to the TTB Newsletter for any updates about upcoming releases.

FDA TO ALIGN MENU LABELING COMPLIANCE DATE WITH THE ENFORCEMENT DATE FOR MENU LABELING TO MAY 5, 2017

In 2010, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) was amended to require that certain restaurants and similar retail food establishments provide calorie information for standard menu items, including alcohol beverages.

Source: FDA Constituent Update dated December 2, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it will soon publish a final rule to formally extend to May 5, 2017, the compliance date for the agency's 2014 menu labeling regulation, which requires disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments. This extension will align the compliance date with the enforcement date.

Section 747 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed on December 18, 2015, prohibited the FDA from using appropriated funds to implement, administer or enforce the menu labeling requirements until one year after the FDA issues final guidance for industry on the menu labeling requirements. On May 5, 2016, the FDA published the final guidance and announced in the Federal Register that enforcement of the menu labeling rule would begin on May 5, 2017.

While the FDA made clear that it would not begin enforcing menu labeling requirements prior to May 5, 2017, the FDA did not at that time formally make a change to the compliance date through rulemaking. Thus, the compliance date was officially December 1, 2016, as communicated in our November 29, 2016 Constituent Update. To bring the official compliance date into alignment with the enforcement date, the FDA is now announcing that it will issue a final rule to formally extend the compliance date to May 5, 2017.

This Constituent Update supersedes any previous FDA statements regarding the compliance date for the menu labeling regulations.

For additional information: Menu Labeling Requirements

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