Proposed Changes to Labeling of Alcoholic Beverages in the U.S.

Bottlers and importers of alcoholic beverages may choose to provide voluntary Serving Facts statements. Registrar Corp reports on TTB's ruling and explains how its label review service can help alcoholic beverage companies comply with new regulations.

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TTB Labeling Regulations
Registrar Corp can assist bottlers and importers of alcohol beverages with Serving Facts chart or other labeling concerns.

Hampton, Virginia (PRWEB) January 31, 2014

Bottlers and Importers of alcoholic beverages may now include Serving Facts and calorie information on labels. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has proposed to require alcohol content expressed as percentage of alcohol by volume and a “Servings Facts” chart on labels of alcohol beverages subject to TTB's labeling jurisdiction under the FAA act. The final ruling has not been made and the statements are currently optional. The TTB may now issue a certificate of label approval for labels that include the optional Serving Facts chart provided that the optional Serving Facts chart complies with Ruling Number 2013-2.
Registrar Corp is now able to help alcoholic beverage bottlers and importers voluntarily comply with TTB's new proposed labeling regulations.

Regulatory Background:
On July 31, 2007, the TTB published a notice of proposed rulemaking which stated TTB's proposals to require a statement of alcohol content, expressed as a percentage of alcohol by volume, on all alcoholic beverage products and to require a Serving Facts panel which would include a statement of calories, carbohydrates, fat, and protein. TTB proposed to make these new requirements mandatory three years after the publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. Currently, a Final Rule concerning this has not yet been published.

Serving Facts panels used by alcohol bottlers and importers are required to include the following information:

  • serving size
  • the number of servings per container
  • the number of calories per serving, rounded to the nearest 5-calorie increment up to and including 50 calories, and rounded to the nearest 10-calorie increment above 50 calories. Amounts less than 5 calories may be expressed as zero.
  • Carbohydrate content per serving, rounded to the nearest gram, except that the carbohydrate content may be expressed as zero if a serving contains less than 0.5 grams
  • Fat content per serving, in grams, rounded to the neared 0.5 gram below 5 grams and to the nearest gram above 5 grams, except that if the serving contains less than 0.5 gram, the fat content may be expressed as zero.
  • Protein content per serving, rounded to the nearest gram. If the serving contains less than 0.5 gram, the protein content may be expressed as zero.
TTB opened the proposed rule for comment to the public. Including the extension to the comment period, the public was required to submit their comments to TTB on or before January 27, 2008. At this time, it does not appear that TTB has published a Final Rule concerning Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits and Malt Beverages (Serving Facts Labeling).

Current Policy:
On May 28, 2013, TTB published a ruling stating TTB's interim policy permitting the voluntary use of Serving Facts statements in the labeling and advertising of alcoholic beverages, pending the completion of rulemaking. Bottlers and importers of alcoholic beverages may choose to provide voluntary Serving Facts statements if they use the serving sizes shown on the chart, which take into account the fact that there are significant variations in the alcohol content of different products within each commodity. Statements of calorie or carbohydrate content made on labels or in advertisements must be truthful, accurate, specific and non-misleading.

How Registrar Corp can help:
Registrar Corp can assist bottlers and importers of alcoholic beverages with Serving Facts chart or other labeling concerns. Registrar Corp’s Label & Ingredient Review service will research how all TTB’s regulations and guidances will impact a product's label and assist in ensuring compliance as you export to the U.S. For more information about TTB labeling, food ingredients, and other FDA regulations, please contact Registrar Corp 24/7 at http://www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp or call us at +1-757-224-0177. Or, tweet Registrar Corp (@RegistrarCorp) with specific questions.

About Registrar Corp: Registrar Corp is a FDA compliance consulting firm that helps companies with U.S. FDA Regulations, including establishment registrations and label reviews. Founded in 2003, Registrar Corp has assisted more than 20,000 companies in over 160 countries. With 16 global offices, Registrar Corp’s team of multilingual Regulatory Specialists can help your company to comply with U.S. FDA Regulations. For immediate assistance with U.S. FDA Regulations, phone Registrar Corp: +1-757-224-0177 or receive online Live Help by visiting our web site at http://www.registrarcorp.com.


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