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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.

Alcohol Calories Carbohydrates Protein
AOAC 984.14 (malt beverages) AOAC 971.10 (standard malt beverages),  AOAC 979.06 (malt beverages) AOAC 920.53 (malt beverages)
AOAC 984.13 (wines, ciders, and sakes) AOAC 979.07 (standard wines, ciders, and sakes) AOAC 985.10 (standard wines, cider, and sakes)  
AOAC 982.10 (distilled spirits)      


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


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: April 30, 2020 
Maintained by: Scientific Services Division