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March 9, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes the publication of our 2017 Annual Report, a Virginia man was sentenced for his role in cigarette smuggling case investigated by TTB, a reminder that some kombuchas are regulated by TTB, and the Department of Agriculture is seeking comments in advance of updating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

2017 ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED

The TTB Annual Report highlights our program accomplishments for the fiscal year (October 1 – September 30) and offers a comparative look at our actual performance versus our target levels as set out in our annual performance budget.  The report also provides financial information on operations for that fiscal year.  This combination of program performance and financial information in a single document lends accountability and transparency to how TTB uses its funding to return value to American taxpayers.

Read the 2017 Annual Report.

VIRGINIA MAN SENTENCED FOR ROLE IN CIGARETTE SMUGGLING OPERATION

On Monday, March 5, 2018, Mohamed Abdo Elbarati, of Winchester, Virginia, was sentenced 36 months incarceration for unlawfully smuggling cigarettes from Virginia to New York.

A copy of the press release may be found at the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia website.

REMINDER – KOMBUCHA MAY BE SUBJECT TO REGULATION AS AN ALCOHOL BEVERAGE

If you produce kombucha that contains 0.5 percent or more alcohol by volume (at any time during production, when bottled, or at any time after bottling), TTB regulations will apply.  You, as the producer, are subject to the Internal Revenue Code provisions that apply to alcohol beverages.  Also,  the container of any alcohol beverage (including kombucha) sold or distributed in the United States with an alcohol content of 0.5 percent or more must be labeled with the health warning statement required by the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act of 1988.  Depending on how your product is produced, the labeling, advertising, and permit provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act may apply as well.

To learn more, please visit our kombucha page.

DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS: REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ON TOPICS AND QUESTIONS

SOURCE: Federal Register | Vol. 83, No. 40 | Wednesday, February 28, 2018

AGENCY: Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) solicit written comments on the topics and questions to be examined in the review of scientific evidence supporting the development of the 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

DATES: The topics and questions are available for review and public comment.  Electronic or written/paper comments will be accepted through midnight Eastern Time on March 30, 2018.

Read the Federal Register Notice.

 

 

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