Disclosure of Cochineal Extract and Carmine in the Labeling of Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages; Comment Period Extension, 81949 [2010-32877]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 29, 2010 / Proposed Rules about the growing or bottling conditions of wine. In that notice, TTB invited comments from industry members, consumers, and other interested parties as to whether and to what extent it should propose specific regulatory amendments for further public comment. TTB requested such comments on or before January 3, 2011. TTB received a letter dated December 14, 2010, from attorney Richard Mendelson on behalf of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), a trade association representing nearly 400 wineries Napa Valley, California. The letter noted that NVV has formed a sub-committee to research and poll the NVV’s members regarding the issues raised in Notice No. 109. The letter stated that the subcommittee’s work would ultimately be reviewed by the NVV’s Board of Directors, which only meets once a month. The letter therefore requested a 90-day extension of the comment period for Notice No. 109 in order to allow time for NVV to fully consider its response to the notice. In response to this request, TTB extends the comment period for Notice No. 109 an additional 60 days, which TTB believes provides adequate time to comment on the issues raised in Notice No. 109. Therefore, comments on Notice No. 109 are now due on or before March 4, 2011. Drafting Information Michael D. Hoover of the Regulations and Rulings Division drafted this notice. Signed: December 22, 2010. Cheri D. Mitchell, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2010–32874 Filed 12–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–31–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 27 CFR Part 4, 5, and 7 [Docket No. TTB–2010–0008; Notice No. 114; Re: Notice No. 111] srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS RIN 1513–AB79 Disclosure of Cochineal Extract and Carmine in the Labeling of Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages; Comment Period Extension Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Treasury. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period. AGENCY: In response to a request from a national trade association, TTB is SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:42 Dec 28, 2010 Jkt 223001 extending for an additional 60 days the comment period prescribed in Notice No. 111, Disclosure of Cochineal Extract and Carmine in the Labeling of Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on November 3, 2010. DATES: Written comments on Notice No. 111 are now due on or before March 4, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may send comments on Notice No. 111 to one of the following addresses: • http://www.regulations.gov: Use the comment form for Notice No. 111 as posted within Docket No. TTB–2010– 0008 on ‘‘Regulations.gov,’’ the Federal e-rulemaking portal, to submit comments via the Internet; • Mail: Director, Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, P.O. Box 14412, Washington, DC 20044–4412. • Hand Delivery/Courier in Lieu of Mail: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street, NW., Suite 200–E, Washington, DC 20005. See the Public Participation section of Notice No. 111 for specific instructions and requirements for submitting comments, and for information on how to request a public hearing. You may view copies of this notice, Notice No. 111, and any comments TTB receives in response to Notice No. 111 within Docket No. TTB–2010–0008 at http://www.regulations.gov. A direct link to this docket is posted on the TTB Web site at http://www.ttb.gov/ regulations_laws/all_rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 111. You also may view copies of this notice, Notice No. 111, and any comments TTB receives in response to Notice No. 111 by appointment at the TTB Information Resource Center, 1310 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20220. Please call 202– 453–2270 to make an appointment. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa M. Gesser, Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, P.O. Box 128, Morganza, MD 20660; telephone (301) 290–1460; or Joanne C. Brady, Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, P.O. Box 45797, Philadelphia, PA 19149; telephone (215) 333–7050. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In Notice No. 111 published in the Federal Register (75 FR 67669) on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, TTB proposed to revise its regulations to require the disclosure of the presence of cochineal extract and carmine on the labels of any alcohol beverage product containing one or both of these color PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 81949 additives. This proposed rule responded to a recent final rule issued by the Food and Drug Administration as well as reports of severe allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, to cochineal extract and carmine-containing foods. This proposal would allow consumers who are allergic to cochineal extract or carmine to identify and thus avoid alcohol beverage products that contain these color additives. TTB requested comments on the proposal on or before January 3, 2011. TTB received a letter dated December 17, 2010, from attorney Lynne J. Omlie on behalf of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Inc. (DISCUS), a national trade association that represents producers and marketers of distilled spirits and importers of wines sold in the United States. The letter explained that because DISCUS is in the process of collecting information from domestic and foreign companies, regarding alcohol beverage products that may be impacted by the Notice No. 111 proposal, the organization would be unable to meet the original January 3, 2011, comment deadline prescribed in Notice No. 111. The letter therefore requested a 60-day extension of the comment period for Notice No. 111 to allow DISCUS the necessary time to collect and review this data and provide a comment that addresses the issues raised in the proposal. In response to this request TTB extends the comment period for Notice No. 111 an additional 60 days. Therefore, the comments on Notice No. 111 are now due on or before March 4, 2011. Drafting Information Kate M. Bresnahan of the Regulations and Rulings Division drafted this notice. Signed: December 22, 2010. Cheri D. Mitchell, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2010–32877 Filed 12–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–31–P E:\FR\FM\29DEP1.SGM 29DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 249 (Wednesday, December 29, 2010)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 81949]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-32877]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

27 CFR Part 4, 5, and 7

[Docket No. TTB-2010-0008; Notice No. 114; Re: Notice No. 111]
RIN 1513-AB79


Disclosure of Cochineal Extract and Carmine in the Labeling of 
Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages; Comment Period Extension

AGENCY: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Treasury.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: In response to a request from a national trade association, 
TTB is extending for an additional 60 days the comment period 
prescribed in Notice No. 111, Disclosure of Cochineal Extract and 
Carmine in the Labeling of Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt 
Beverages, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal 
Register on November 3, 2010.

DATES: Written comments on Notice No. 111 are now due on or before 
March 4, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments on Notice No. 111 to one of the 
following addresses:
     http://www.regulations.gov: Use the comment form for 
Notice No. 111 as posted within Docket No. TTB-2010-0008 on 
``Regulations.gov,'' the Federal e-rulemaking portal, to submit 
comments via the Internet;
     Mail: Director, Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol 
and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, P.O. Box 14412, Washington, DC 20044-
4412.
     Hand Delivery/Courier in Lieu of Mail: Alcohol and Tobacco 
Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street, NW., Suite 200-E, Washington, DC 
20005.
    See the Public Participation section of Notice No. 111 for specific 
instructions and requirements for submitting comments, and for 
information on how to request a public hearing.
    You may view copies of this notice, Notice No. 111, and any 
comments TTB receives in response to Notice No. 111 within Docket No. 
TTB-2010-0008 at http://www.regulations.gov. A direct link to this 
docket is posted on the TTB Web site at http://www.ttb.gov/regulations_laws/all_rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 111. You also 
may view copies of this notice, Notice No. 111, and any comments TTB 
receives in response to Notice No. 111 by appointment at the TTB 
Information Resource Center, 1310 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20220. 
Please call 202-453-2270 to make an appointment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa M. Gesser, Regulations and 
Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, P.O. Box 
128, Morganza, MD 20660; telephone (301) 290-1460; or Joanne C. Brady, 
Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade 
Bureau, P.O. Box 45797, Philadelphia, PA 19149; telephone (215) 333-
7050.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    In Notice No. 111 published in the Federal Register (75 FR 67669) 
on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, TTB proposed to revise its regulations 
to require the disclosure of the presence of cochineal extract and 
carmine on the labels of any alcohol beverage product containing one or 
both of these color additives. This proposed rule responded to a recent 
final rule issued by the Food and Drug Administration as well as 
reports of severe allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, to 
cochineal extract and carmine-containing foods. This proposal would 
allow consumers who are allergic to cochineal extract or carmine to 
identify and thus avoid alcohol beverage products that contain these 
color additives. TTB requested comments on the proposal on or before 
January 3, 2011.
    TTB received a letter dated December 17, 2010, from attorney Lynne 
J. Omlie on behalf of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United 
States, Inc. (DISCUS), a national trade association that represents 
producers and marketers of distilled spirits and importers of wines 
sold in the United States. The letter explained that because DISCUS is 
in the process of collecting information from domestic and foreign 
companies, regarding alcohol beverage products that may be impacted by 
the Notice No. 111 proposal, the organization would be unable to meet 
the original January 3, 2011, comment deadline prescribed in Notice No. 
111. The letter therefore requested a 60-day extension of the comment 
period for Notice No. 111 to allow DISCUS the necessary time to collect 
and review this data and provide a comment that addresses the issues 
raised in the proposal.
    In response to this request TTB extends the comment period for 
Notice No. 111 an additional 60 days. Therefore, the comments on Notice 
No. 111 are now due on or before March 4, 2011.

Drafting Information

    Kate M. Bresnahan of the Regulations and Rulings Division drafted 
this notice.

    Signed: December 22, 2010.
Cheri D. Mitchell,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2010-32877 Filed 12-28-10; 8:45 am]
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