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20.09.2006

We inform about an alert of the Alcohol Policies Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest, USA

Information und Aufruf zur Stellungnahme betr. Etikettierung von Allergenen in alkoholischen Getränken in den USA

Alert regarding food allergen labeling on alcoholic beverages.

 

Dear friends,

We have received word that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will almost certainly extend the comment period by 90 days on a proposed rule to make mandatory the labeling of major food allergens in alcoholic beverages.  The initial solicitation for comments appeared in the July 26 issue of the Federal Register:
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-6467.htm

Also on July 26, TTB announced the adoption of an interim rule on allergen labeling:
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-11872.htm

The interim rule permits voluntary labeling in a specified manner.  The proposed rule would make the labeling mandatory.

We expect a notice on the extension of the comment period within the next week.  The comment period was set to close on Sept. 25.

APP encourages you to submit comments to the TTB in support of mandatory food allergen labeling on alcoholic beverages.  Instructions for submitting comments are in the Federal Register notice.  APP will post its comments online as soon as possible, though we may wait a while to be able to respond to industry comments, if necessary.  APP is generally supportive of the TTB proposal, and we think it should be the first of several other improvements, including making mandatory the labeling of caloric and alcohol content, serving size and servings per container, moderate drinking guidelines, and ingredients.

For a more precise articulation of APP's position on allergen labeling, see page 10 of our September 2005 comments on TTB's proposed rule on ingredient labeling of alcoholic beverages:
http://www.cspinet.org/booze/2005/TTB_ANPRM_CSPI_Comments.htm

As we predicted yesterday, the TTB has extended the comment period on food allergens in alcoholic beverages for an additional 90 days, to December 26, as noted in this Federal Register notice published today:
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-7963.htm

Regards,
George Hacker
Director, Alcohol Policies Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest

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Joseph P. Malherek
Project Coordinator, Alcohol Policies Project
Center for Science in the Public Interest
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW #300
Washington, DC  20009
Office phone: 202-332-9110, ext. 311
CSPI web site: www.cspinet.org

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