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June 23, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes an invitation for recommendations about Treasury Department regulations that can be eliminated, modified, or streamlined to reduce burden, a notice from FDA withdrawing draft guidance on the use of fruit juice and vegetable juice as color additives, and a reminder to complete our 2017 satisfaction survey.

REVIEW OF REGULATIONS

Source: Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 113 / Wednesday, June 14, 2017 / Proposed Rules

AGENCY: Department of the Treasury

ACTION: Request for information

SUMMARY: On January 30, 2017, the President signed Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, to direct agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation issued and to limit costs for this fiscal year to zero. On February 24, 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, which requires agencies to convene a regulatory reform task force to assist in the implementation of Executive Order 13771. In furtherance of those Executive Orders, this notice invites members of the public to submit views and recommendations for Treasury Department regulations that can be eliminated, modified, or streamlined in order to reduce burdens.

DATES: Comment due date: July 31, 2017

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, requires agencies to convene a regulatory reform task force to assist in the implementation of Executive Order 13771 as well as Executive Orders 12866 and 13563. The Department is forming such a task force, which will evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations to the Secretary to prioritize their possible repeal, replacement, or modification, consistent with applicable law.

Read the Federal Register Notice for more details and for information about how to submit comments.

FDA WITHDRAWS DRAFT GUIDANCE ON APPLICABILITY OF COLOR ADDITIVE REGULATIONS AUTHORIZING USE OF CERTAIN FRUIT JUICE AND VEGETABLE JUICE

Many alcohol beverage products contain coloring agents. Color additives are added to impart color which is not natural to the product. Alcohol beverage manufacturers and importers must comply with TTB and FDA requirements when using color additives in their products.

Source: FDA Constituent Update dated May 12, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration is withdrawing a 2016 draft guidance on the use of fruit juice and vegetable juice as color additives based on public comments that raised substantive technical concerns. The concerns include that the guidance promoted practices that may be inconsistent with current industry practices intended to enhance food safety.

Historically, the FDA has responded to industry questions on the use of vegetable juices and fruit juices as color additives on a case-by-case basis. Color additives used in food must be approved for use by the FDA. The FDA has authorized the use of juice from certain fruit and vegetables (21 CFR 73.250 and 21 CFR 73.260, respectively) as color additives in food. The draft guidance was developed to assist industry understanding whether plant-derived color additives meet the specifications in these regulations or require separate approval as color additives. Although the FDA is withdrawing this draft guidance, the regulations authorizing certain plant-derived color additives remain in place and the agency will continue to respond on a case-by-case basis to industry questions on these topics. In addition, the FDA intends to continue evaluating information submitted to its docket and consulting with stakeholders in considering next steps.

Read the FDA Constituent Update for more details.

TTB'S 2017 SATISFACTION SURVEY IS NOW OPEN!

Emails have gone out inviting a sample of our stakeholders to participate in the 2017 TTB Satisfaction Survey. If you received the invitation, please go ahead and take the survey—it's hosted by SurveyMonkey® and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through June 30, 2017, or until our maximum allowable number of responses is reached.

Your feedback plays an important role in helping us understand your concerns, so we can shape our procedures and policies to better meet your needs.

Your responses are anonymous, and it shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to complete the survey. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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