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addition, after further research, ALFD has determined that the
term "lively", which was previously prohibited from
appearing on the label of still wines, is now permitted.
is happy to answer any questions or respond to any comments. Please
do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Team at 1-866-927-2533
By Susan Stewart (202) 927-8140
shortage of agave cactus, which is used to produce tequila, has
had a significant impact on the availability and prices of tequila.
The Alcohol Labeling & Formulation Division (ALFD) has recently
noticed changes in the labels and formulation of tequilas and
tequila specialty products which are a direct result of this shortage.
Many products/brands that used to be straight tequila have recently
switched to tequila specialty products. ALFD is monitoring closely
all label applications for tequila and tequila specialty products,
both Mexican and domestically bottled or produced. Our major concerns
Misleading as to origin. Labels for tequila imported in bulk
and bottled in the U.S. can and should accurately reflect that
it is a product of Mexico by the country of origin statement
or any graphics or wording that are associated with Mexico,
such as the colors of the Mexican flag, Aztec calendar, or a
map of Mexico. However, if you use imported bulk tequila to
produce a specialty product, it is now a
as to class and type. Our concern is regarding products/brands
that used to be straight tequila imported in bulk from Mexico
and bottled in the U.S. that are now sold as specialty products,
and the only change to the label is the addition of the required
statement of composition. We are concerned that consumers may
be mislead that this product is still straight tequila. Terms
that are associated with tequila, such as "gold," "reposado"
or "NOM" should not appear on the labels of tequila
specialty products in ways that are likely to mislead consumers.
the US and the label should not contain any graphics, depictions,
wording, etc. that could mislead consumers to think it is a product
tequila. Products that contain no tequila but are clearly being
produced, labeled and marketed as a substitute for tequila must
be labeled as "imitation tequila" in accordance with
27 CFR 5.22(j).
liqueur. The Federal Alcohol Administration Act does not provide
for "tequila liqueur," so this is not an acceptable
class and type designation.
If you have
any questions or concerns about these issues, please contact the
ALFD Customer Service Team at our toll free number, 1-866-927-2533,
Assistant Chief of ALFD
By Tracy McNeil (202) 927-8140
Thomas B. Busey,
who was recently selected as the Assistant to the Chief, Alcohol
Labeling and Formulation Division (ALFD), brings a direct, hands-on
management style and thirty years of ATF experience to the organization.
In spite of his good-humored assertion that "old dogs don't
change," Tom says that the fast-paced operations of ALFD are
invigorating and, "makes me feel young again!"
Tom came to
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in 1971, as an inspector
in Baltimore. Since then, he has served consecutively as Chief of
the Import/Export Branch, Wine and Beer Branch, Product Compliance
Branch, and the National Firearms Act Branch. Tom has also been
the Area Supervisor in Kentucky.
for Tom include serving on the Vice President's Task Force on Drugs
and Guns from 1980 to 1981, and serving as Regional Supervisor of
the Los Angeles Security Taskforce for the 1984 Olympics.
Born in Massachusetts,
Tom has been a long-time resident of the Washington, DC metropolitan
area. A graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, he
served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.
Tom plays golf and spends time with his youngest son, Jake; who
is five years old. His oldest son, Matthew Busey, is an ATF Inspector
in West Palm Beach Florida.