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Proposed Alta Mesa, Borden Ranch, Clements Hills, Cosumnes River, Jahant, Mokelumne River, and Sloughhouse Viticultural Areas
Document Number: 05-16132
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-15
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish seven new viticultural areas within the boundary of the existing Lodi viticultural area, which lies within southern Sacramento and northern San Joaquin Counties in California. The seven proposed areas are Alta Mesa, Borden Ranch, Clements Hills, Cosumnes River, Jahant, Mokelumne River, and Sloughhouse. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on these proposed additions to our regulations.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-16131
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-15
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury and its Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, as part of their continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invite the public and other Federal agencies to comment on a proposed information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Currently, we are seeking comments on the form titled ``Formula and Process for Alcohol Products.''
Proposed Information Collections; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-14349
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-21
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we invite comments on the proposed or continuing information collections listed below in this notice.
Establishment of the High Valley Viticultural Area (2003R-361P)
Document Number: 05-13042
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This Treasury decision establishes the 14,000-acre High Valley viticultural area in Lake County, California. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.
Proposed Change to Vintage Date Requirements (2005R-212P)
Document Number: 05-13041
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to change the minimum content requirement for vintage date statements on some wine labels. We take this action in response to a petition from a trade association representing California wineries. We invite comments on this proposed amendment to our regulations.
Establishment of Alexandria Lakes Viticultural Area (2002R-152P)
Document Number: 05-13040
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This Treasury decision establishes the Alexandria Lakes viticultural area in Douglas County, Minnesota. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.
Establishment of the Horse Heaven Hills Viticultural Area (2002R-103P)
Document Number: 05-13039
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This Treasury decision establishes the 570,000-acre Horse Heaven Hills viticultural area in south-central Washington State. Located along the Columbia River in portions of Klickitat, Yakima, and Benton counties, the Horse Heaven Hills area is about 115 miles east of Vancouver, Washington, and lies entirely within the established Columbia Valley viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.
Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits and Malt Beverages; Comment Period Extension
Document Number: 05-12396
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
In response to industry member requests, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau extends the comment period for Notice No. 41, Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages, an advance notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2005, for an additional 90 days.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Correction
Document Number: 05-11342
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
On May 19, 2005, TTB published a notice in the Federal Register inviting comments on an information collection related to marks on wine containers. In that notice, we inadvertently included a second information collection related to the certification of proper cellar treatment for imported natural wine. This document corrects that error.
Establishment of the Ribbon Ridge Viticultural Area (2002R-215P)
Document Number: 05-10881
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This Treasury decision establishes the Ribbon Ridge viticultural area in northern Yamhill County, Oregon. The new Ribbon Ridge viticultural area is entirely within the existing Willamette Valley viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.
Proposed Establishment of the Rattlesnake Hills Viticultural Area (2004R-678P)
Document Number: 05-10880
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the Rattlesnake Hills viticultural area in Yakima County in south central Washington State. The proposed 68,500-acre area is totally within the established Columbia Valley viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Establishment of the Wahluke Slope Viticultural Area (2005R-026P)
Document Number: 05-10009
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-19
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the ``Wahluke Slope'' viticultural area in Grant County, in eastern Washington State. The proposed 81,000-acre area is totally within the established Columbia Valley viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Establishment of the San Antonio Valley Viticultural Area (2004R-599P)
Document Number: 05-10008
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-19
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the ``San Antonio Valley'' viticultural area in southwest Monterey County, California, within the existing Central Coast viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Expansion of San Francisco Bay and Central Coast Viticultural Areas (2002R-202P)
Document Number: 05-10007
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-19
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to amend its regulations to expand by approximately 20,000 acres the San Francisco Bay viticultural area and the Central Coast viticultural area in California to match the proposed boundary of an expanded Livermore Valley viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow bottlers to better describe the origin of wines and allow consumers to better identify the wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed amendment to our regulations.
Proposed Expansion of the Livermore Valley Viticultural Area (2002R-202P)
Document Number: 05-10006
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-19
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to amend its regulations to expand the existing 96,000-acre Livermore Valley viticultural area in Alameda County, California. The proposed expansion would add 163,000 acres to the Livermore Valley viticultural area in northern Alameda and southern Contra Costa Counties. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify the wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-10005
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-19
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we invite comments on the proposed or continuing information collections listed below in this notice.
Proposed Fort Ross-Seaview Viticultural Area (2003R-191T); Comment Period Extension
Document Number: 05-9545
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-12
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
In response to an industry member request, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau extends the comment period for Notice No. 34, Proposed Fort Ross-Seaview Viticultural Area, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on March 8, 2005, for an additional 30 days.
Santa Rita Hills Viticultural Area Proposed Name Abbreviation to Sta. Rita Hills (2003R-091P)
Document Number: 05-8575
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
In response to a petition, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to modify the name of the existing ``Santa Rita Hills'' American viticultural area by abbreviating its name to ``Sta. Rita Hills.'' We propose this change to prevent possible confusion between wines bearing the Santa Rita Hills appellation and wines bearing the Santa Rita brand name used by a Chilean winery. The size and boundaries of the existing viticultural area will remain unchanged. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed amendment to our regulations.
Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits and Malt Beverages; Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 05-8574
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) requests public comment on possible changes to the labeling and advertising requirements of alcohol beverage products regulated by TTB. The agency has long required certain labeling, such as brand name, class and type, alcohol content (in the case of wines containing more than 14 percent alcohol by volume and distilled spirits), net contents, and in recent years has published updated standards for the use of carbohydrate and calorie claims. Because of petitions to mandate additional information, including ingredient, allergen, alcohol, calorie, and carbohydrate content and requests by some to use labels with at least some of that additional information on a voluntary basis under existing rules, TTB believes it is now appropriate to consider revising the alcohol beverage labeling and advertising regulations, and seeks public comment on several issues to assist the agency in formulating specific regulatory proposals.
Liquor Dealers; Recodification of Regulations; Administrative Changes Due to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (2004R-258T)
Document Number: 05-7583
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-15
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is recodifying its regulations pertaining to liquor dealers. We are also making administrative changes to these regulations to reflect TTB's new name and organizational structure resulting from changes made by the Homeland Security Act of 2002. This document does not include any substantive regulatory changes.
Removal of Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes, Without Payment of Tax, for United States Use in Law Enforcement Activities
Document Number: 05-7582
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-15
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau adopt a temporary amendment to the regulations relating to the removal of tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes, without payment of tax, for use of the United States. This amendment allows manufacturers of tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes to remove these articles without payment of tax for use by Federal agencies in their law enforcement activities, and to exempt packages of those removed products from the tax-exempt labeling requirement. We take this action to timely meet the needs of Federal agency law enforcement operations, particularly investigations involving tobacco product diversion and smuggling.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-7581
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-15
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we invite comments on the proposed or continuing information collections listed below in this notice.
Proposed Establishment of the Shawnee Hills Viticultural Area (2002R-345P)
Document Number: 05-6994
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-08
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the Shawnee Hills viticultural area in southern Illinois. This proposed 1,268,960-acre viticultural area is approximately 80 miles long east to west and approximately 20 miles wide from north to south. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Establishment of the Ramona Valley Viticultural Area (2003R-375P)
Document Number: 05-6352
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the 89,000-acre Ramona Valley viticultural area in central San Diego County, California. The proposed area is entirely within the established South Coast viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Establishment of the Dos Rios Viticultural Area (2004R-0173P)
Document Number: 05-6351
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the ``Dos Rios'' viticultural area in Mendocino County, California. This proposed 15,500-acre viticultural area is about 150 miles north of San Francisco, California. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Establishment of the Calistoga Viticultural Area (2003R-496P)
Document Number: 05-6350
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the ``Calistoga'' viticultural area in Napa County, California. The proposed area surrounds the town of Calistoga and is entirely within the existing Napa Valley viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-6346
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Currently, we are seeking comments on the TTB Questionnaire titled ``Methanol Levels & Good Manufacturing Practices for Fruit Brandies.''
Proposed Realignment of the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco Viticultural Areas (2003R-083P); Comment Period Extension
Document Number: 05-4483
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-08
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
In response to an industry request, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau extends the comment period for Notice No. 29, Proposed Realignment of the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco Viticultural Areas, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2005, for an additional 60 days.
Proposed Fort Ross-Seaview Viticultural Area (2003R-191T)
Document Number: 05-4390
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-08
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the 27,500-acre Fort Ross-Seaview viticultural area in western Sonoma County, California. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Establishment of the Trinity Lakes Viticultural Area (2001R-032P)
Document Number: 05-3714
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-28
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This Treasury decision establishes the ``Trinity Lakes'' viticultural area in Trinity County, California. The viticultural area consists of approximately 96,000 acres surrounding Trinity and Lewiston Lakes and a portion of the Trinity River basin below Lewiston Dam. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.
Proposed Information Collections; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-3713
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-28
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we invite comments on the proposed or continuing information collections listed below in this notice.
Proposed Establishment of the Niagara Escarpment Viticultural Area (2004R-589P)
Document Number: 05-2489
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-09
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the ``Niagara Escarpment'' viticultural area in Niagara County, New York. We designate viticultural areas to allow bottlers to better describe the origin of wines and to allow consumers to better identify the wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Establishment of the Covelo Viticultural Area (2003R-412P)
Document Number: 05-1875
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-02
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the 38,000-acre ``Covelo'' viticultural area in Mendocino County, California, about 150 miles north of San Francisco. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Red Hill Douglas County, OR Viticultural Area (2001R-88P)
Document Number: 05-1874
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-02
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reopens the comment period for Notice No. 960, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register to add ``Red Hill (Oregon)'' as an approved American viticultural area. We are re-opening the comment period for 30 days to solicit comments on a new proposed name, ``Red Hill Douglas County, Oregon.'' The petitioner suggested the new name because the originally proposed name could be confused with similar names of other geographical areas and with brand names used on wines from those other areas.
Proposed Expansion of the Russian River Valley Viticultural Area (2003R-144T)
Document Number: 05-1667
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-31
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has received a petition proposing the expansion of the existing Russian River Valley viticultural area in Sonoma County, California. The proposed 30,200- acre expansion would increase the size of this viticultural area to 126,200 acres. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed amendment to our regulations.
Proposed Realignment of the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco Viticultural Areas (2003R-083P)
Document Number: 05-1192
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to realign a portion of the common boundary line between the established Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco viticultural areas in Monterey County, California. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on these proposed amendments to our regulations.
Proposed Establishment of the High Valley Viticultural Area (2003R-361P)
Document Number: 05-1191
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the ``High Valley'' viticultural area in Lake County, California. Located above the eastern shore of Clear Lake near the town of Clearlake Oaks, the proposed 14,000-acre area is about 85 miles north of San Francisco, and is largely within the established Clear Lake and North Coast viticultural areas. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Proposed Horse Heaven Hills Viticultural Area (2002R-103P)
Document Number: 05-1190
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to establish the ``Horse Heaven Hills'' viticultural area in south-central Washington State. Located along the Columbia River in portions of Klickitat, Yakima, and Benton counties, the proposed area is about 115 miles east of Vancouver, Washington, and lies entirely within the established Columbia Valley viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. We invite comments on this proposed addition to our regulations.
Establishment of the McMinnville Viticultural Area (2002R-217P)
Document Number: 05-912
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-18
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This Treasury decision establishes the McMinnville viticultural area in Yamhill County, Oregon. The new McMinnville viticultural area is entirely within the existing Willamette Valley viticultural area. We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.
Production of Dried Fruit and Honey Wines (2001R-136P)
Document Number: 05-911
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-18
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) makes two amendments to its regulations in response to two petitions submitted by producers of raisin and honey wines. One amendment allows the production of dried fruit wines with an alcohol by volume content of more than 14 percent. The other amendment lowers the minimum starting Brix of 22 degrees to 13 degrees in the production of honey wines. In addition, TTB corrects a technical error in the wine labeling regulations by raising the maximum limit on alcohol content derived from fermentation from 13 to 14 percent for ameliorated agricultural wines.
Flavored Malt Beverage and Related Regulatory Amendments (2002R-044P)
Document Number: 04-28460
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-03
Agency: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury and its Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau adopt as a final rule certain proposed changes to the regulations concerning the production, taxation, composition, labeling, and advertising of beer and malt beverages. This final rule permits the addition of flavors and other nonbeverage materials containing alcohol to beers and malt beverages, but, in general, limits the alcohol contribution from such flavors and other nonbeverage materials to not more than 49% of the alcohol content of the product. However, if a malt beverage contains more than 6% alcohol by volume, not more than 1.5% of the volume of the finished product may consist of alcohol derived from flavors and other nonbeverage ingredients that contain alcohol. This final rule also amends the regulations relating to the labeling and advertising of malt beverages, and adopts a formula requirement for beers. We issue this final rule to clarify the status of flavored malt beverages under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Federal Alcohol Administration Act related to the production, composition, taxation, labeling, and advertising of alcohol beverages. This final rule also will ensure that consumers are adequately informed about the identity of flavored malt beverages.
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