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Alcohol Fact Labeling Methods

Methods Used to Validate Calorie, Fat, Carbohydrate, and Protein Content Statements on Alcohol Beverage Labels and Advertisements

TTB periodically reviews labeling and advertising claims by taking samples of alcohol beverage products for validation purposes. To validate these claims, we use the AOAC and TTB methods referenced in the table below.

These methods of analysis meet the definitions referenced in Section III of TTB Procedure 2004-1. We consider your advertising and labeling claims acceptable if, when we evaluate your product using these methods, we find that they fall within the tolerance levels specified in Section V of that procedure.

Matrix Nutrient

 

Alcohol

Calories

Fat

Carbohydrates

Protein

Standard Malt Beverages

AOAC 984.14

AOAC 971.10

Not
Expected

AOAC 979.06


AOAC 920.53

Flavored
Malt Beverages

AOAC 984.14

TTB Official Method
SSD:TM:
400

Not
Expected

AOAC 979.06


AOAC 920.53

Standard Wines, Ciders and Sake

AOAC 983.13

AOAC
979.07

Not
Expected

AOAC 985.10

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:504

Flavored Wines

AOAC 983.13

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:
401

Not
Expected

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:405

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:505

Low Solids Distilled Spirits

AOAC 982.10

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:
402

Not
Expected

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:406

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:506

High Solids Distilled Spirits

AOAC 982.10

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:
403

Methods for
spirits containing cream, eggs, and other fat
are under
investigation.

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:407

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:507

 

TTB Official Methods

TTB Official Methods not linked on this site are currently unavailable. As TTB Official Methods are updated, they will become available on this site.

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AOAC Methods

Due to copyright restrictions, TTB is not able to provide any method adopted directly with no changes from the AOAC Official Methods of Analysis or any other copyrighted source. You may obtain copies of AOAC Official Methods of Analysis from AOAC International at:

AOAC International
481 North Frederick Ave., Suite 500,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

OR

You may inspect AOAC Official Methods at the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. For further information, call 202–741–6030.

 

Page last reviewed: September 4, 2012
Page last updated: July 10, 2017
Maintained by: Scientific Services Division