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October 12, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes information for industry members impacted by natural disasters, and helpful information about how to correctly format the government health warning statement on alcohol beverage labels.

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

TTB recognizes that the devastation caused by natural disasters may severely impact the operations of some industry members and taxpayers. If your business was affected by a natural disaster and you have questions regarding alcohol or tobacco excise tax-related filing or reporting, please contact us at 877-882-3277 (toll free) or submit an online inquiry.

Additional information:

AVOIDING COMMON ERRORS ON ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LABELS – GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING STATEMENT

One of the most common problems we see on alcohol beverage labels that causes us to have to send those COLA applications back for correction is errors in the mandatory health warning statement, including punctuation and formatting problems.

The following health warning statement must appear on all alcohol beverages for sale or distribution in the U.S. that contain 0.5 percent or more alcohol by volume:

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.

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  • The words “GOVERNMENT WARNING” must appear in capital letters and in bold type
  • Don’t omit or change any punctuation marks (periods, commas, colon, parentheses)
  • You may not include health warnings specifically related to alcohol consumption that are required by a foreign government

See the regulations in 27 CFR part 16 for the full rules about how to meet the health warning statement labeling requirements and speed your label approval process.

 

 

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