ATF - The Alcohol and Tobacco Newsletter: Office of Alcohol and Tobacco
January 2001
Office of Alcohol and Tobacco
Page 2

StarLink Genetically Altered Corn Corn
By William Foster and Lisa Gesser (202) 453-2265

Recent news about StarLink, a genetically altered corn, is of considerable interest and concern to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. We are consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and industry to answer questions about its use in alcohol beverage production.

We had prepared an industry circular, number 2001-1, January 4, 2001, and posted this circular to our website for a brief time. We withdrew this circular from our site in light of recent additional information we received. We have not printed or distributed this circular to distillers or brewers.

We have suspended Industry Circular 2001-1 pending further consultations with FDA and EPA. When we are satisfied that we have all the information that we need to take informed and appropriate actions, we will publish a revised circular to the website and furnish copies to distillers and brewers.

If you have received or reviewed a copy of the draft version of Industry Circular 2001-1, please disregard that advice pending our further deliberations and consultations with FDA and EPA. Once we have clarified the remaining issues, we will publish a revised industry circular.

Imported Cigarette Compliance Act Cigarette
By Evelyn Wilson (202) 927-3580

The Imported Cigarette Compliance Act of 2000 takes effect on February 7, 2001. On December 22, 2000, ATF issued Industry Circular 2000-4 warning businesses about selling or holding for sale tobacco products and cigarette papers or tubes manufactured in the United States that are labeled for exportation. The law prohibits the sale, or holding for sale for domestic consumption, of tobacco products and cigarette papers or tubes manufactured in the United States and labeled for exportation. On or after February 7, 2001, if you sell or hold for sale such products for domestic consumption, you may incur civil and criminal penalties.

Closure of San Francisco Technical Services Office Closed
By Shirley Osborne (202) 927-8200

On December 29, 2000, the San Francisco Technical Services Office closed its doors for good. All regulated industry files have been transferred to the National Revenue Center (NRC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. This completes the Revenue Division Consolidation Project that commenced in 1996. The consolidation included Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Francisco Technical Services Offices, and the Cincinnati Tax Processing Center.

The NRC now provides expert technical advice and assistance to the public, the regulated distilled spirits, beer, wine, tobacco industries and other government agencies across the nation. All ATF related permit applications, tax returns, claims, disaster relief, and other matters are handled solely at the NRC.

Inquiries to the NRC should be addressed to: Bureau of ATF, National Revenue Center, 550 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3263. The telephone numbers are 1-800-398-2282 or (513) 684-3334. The E-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

REMINDER: All Alcohol and Tobacco Excise Tax Returns must be sent to: Bureau of ATF, P. O. Box 360958, Pittsburgh, PA 15251-6958.