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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

September 22, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes joint trade practice investigations conducted this week by TTB and the Illinois LCC, TTB has signed an MOU to help protect the integrity of imports, and CBP and FDA are seeking comments from the public about how to reduce regulatory burdens.

TTB AND ILLINOIS AUTHORITIES CONDUCT JOINT TRADE PRACTICE INVESTIGATIONS

This week, TTB conducted a joint operation with Investigators from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission targeting alleged "pay to play" schemes in Chicago, the Quad Cities, and Peoria. 

"Pay to play," also known as "slotting fees," is an unlawful trade practice that hurts law-abiding industry members and limits consumer choice.

This is the second large-scale trade practice enforcement joint operation that TTB has conducted this year as part of our ongoing effort to secure a level playing field nationwide for law-abiding businesses.


TTB appreciates this opportunity to work together with our law enforcement partners in Illinois to ensure that existing industry members and smaller businesses just entering the marketplace can compete based on customer service and consumer preference rather than on their ability to buy shelf space.

For more information regarding unlawful trade practices, please visit our Trade Practices Laws and Regulations page.

Read the press release.

TTB PARTNERS WITH OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES THROUGH COMMERCIAL TARGETING AND ANALYSIS CENTER (CTAC)

TTB has joined U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, and nine other federal government agencies as part of the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC).

CTAC is a multi-agency enforcement partnership that works to target, interdict, and investigate the importation, exportation, and trafficking of articles that pose a risk to import safety, involve environmental crimes, and illicit wildlife and cultural property.

TTB's participation in CTAC will helps us protect U.S. consumers by ensuring the integrity of alcohol products imported into the United States. 

Read the press release, available at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website: There is Safety in Numbers: CBP Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center Welcomes Addition of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

CBP AND FDA SEEK COMMENTS ON REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS

As part of the implementation of Executive Order 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” issued by the President on January 30, 2017, and Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” issued by the President on February 24, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are seeking comments and information from interested parties to assist in identifying existing regulations, paperwork requirements, and other regulatory obligations that can be modified or repealed, consistent with law, to achieve savings of time and money while continuing to achieve their statutory obligations.

Read these Federal Register notices for more details and for information about how to submit comments to CBP and the FDA :

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs  

Food and Drug Administration - Review of Existing Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements

Food and Drug Administration - Review of Existing Center for Tobacco Products Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements

Food and Drug Administration - Review of Existing General Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements of the Food and Drug Administration

 

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