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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

May 3, 2019


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes a new statement on using hemp ingredients in alcohol beverages, an opportunity to attend one of our educational seminars on trade practices, and an announcement about new FAQs at our CBMTRA page.

TTB ISSUES INDUSTRY CIRCULAR ON FORMULAS CONTAINING INGREDIENTS DERIVED FROM HEMP IN RESPONSE TO THE 2018 FARM BILL

On April 25, 2019, we published TTB Industry Circular 2019-1, Hemp Ingredients in Alcohol Beverage Formulas.  Since the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) excluded “hemp” from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), we have received many inquiries from industry members about whether they may produce alcohol beverages containing ingredients derived from “hemp,” such as cannabidiol (CBD).

After consultation with FDA, we have determined that, at this time, we will return for correction any formulas with ingredients derived from “hemp” (other than ingredients derived from hemp seeds or hemp seed oil).  Applicants have the option to resubmit the formula upon receipt of a favorable individual determination from FDA on the regulatory status of their ingredients.

For more information, read TTB Industry Circular 2019-1, Hemp Ingredients in Alcohol Beverage Formulas.

REGISTER TO ATTEND A FREE TTB TRADE PRACTICE SEMINAR

Are you an alcohol beverage industry member who wants to learn or better understand the federal trade practice rules? You’re in luck! TTB is presenting free, in-person educational seminars designed to help you learn about and comply with these important rules.

Upcoming sessions are:

  • San Diego, CA, on June 4
  • Seattle, WA, on June 6
  • St. Louis, MO, on August 1

We are offering identical sessions in the morning and afternoon at each location. For additional information and to register, please see our Trade Practice Seminar Registration Page. Register today!

NEW CBMTRA GUIDANCE PUBLISHED

We recently published 9 new FAQs on the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA). These FAQs appear under the beer, wine, and distilled spirits FAQ sections, and they involve circumstances when a single business entity or members of a controlled group own multiple breweries, wineries, or distilled spirits plants.

The new FAQs are:

  • Beer: TR-B2, TR-B3, and TR-B4
  • Wine: TR-W17, TR-W18, and TR-W19
  • Spirits: TR-D7, TR-D8, and TR-D9

Visit our Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform page to view these and other CBMTRA guidance.


 

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