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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.

Matrix Nutrient

 

Alcohol

Calories

Fat

Carbohydrates

Protein

Standard Malt Beverages

AOAC 984.14

AOAC 971.10

Not
Expected

AOAC 979.06


AOAC 920.53

Flavored
Malt Beverages

AOAC 984.14

TTB Official Method
SSD:TM:
400

Not
Expected

AOAC 979.06


AOAC 920.53

Standard Wines, Ciders and Sake

AOAC 983.13

AOAC
979.07

Not
Expected

AOAC 985.10

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:504

Flavored Wines

AOAC 983.13

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:
401

Not
Expected

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:405

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:505

Low Solids Distilled Spirits

AOAC 982.10

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:
402

Not
Expected

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:406

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:506

High Solids Distilled Spirits

AOAC 982.10

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:
403

Methods for
spirits containing cream, eggs, and other fat
are under
investigation.

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:407

TTB Official Method SSD:TM:507

  1. Copies of AOAC methods are available from:

    AOAC INTERNATIONAL
    481 North Frederick Ave., Suite 500
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    (or visit http://www.aoac.org)

    Records may also be inspected at the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. For information on the availability of these methods, call the Federal Register at 202–741–6030.
  2. 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. 

    Questions should be sent to laboratory@ttb.gov.
Page last reviewed/updated: 12/17/2014

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