ESTABLISHMENT OF A DISTILLED SPIRITS STANDARDS AND LABELING
Proprietors of Distilled Spirits Plants
Importers and Wholesalers of Distilled Spirits,
and others concerned:
A Distilled Spirits Standards and Labeling Survey Committee has been
established within the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division for the purpose of
reappraising the regulations issued pursuant to the Federal Alcohol
Administration Act, as set forth in 27 CFR Part 5, Labeling and Advertising
of Distilled Spirits.
The regulations in question were promulgated some 30 years ago.
Since then, they have been subjected to numerous piece-meal amendments
without any over-all review. It is believed that they should be critically
reviewed at this time to appraise their effectiveness in fulfilling the
purposes and objectives of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act in terms
of present day production and trade practices and consumer understandings.
The study will consist of a complete examination of the regulations
(27 CFR Part 5) with particular emphasis on the standards of identity.
For example, in the area of standards of identity, a study will be made
to determine whether any new standards are needed, and whether any of the
present ones should be eliminated or revised.
The initial task of the Committee will be to carefully review the
present regulations and to present to the Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax
Division, tentative findings and recommendations for their improvement. To
the extent that such findings and recommendations justify such action, they
will be informally discussed with appropriate representatives of industry
and others concerned.
It should be emphasized, however, that any such recommendations may
not be implemented except by changing the regulations and that no changes
can be made in these regulations except pursuant to public hearing following
the publication of a notice in the Federal Register, as provided by law.
To a large degree, the value of the study will depend on the extent
and accuracy of the information on which the findings and recommendations
are based. Industry members, State control authorities, other Federal or
State agencies, consumer organizations, and others concerned are invited
and urged to submit suggestions for the revision or elimination of any of the present standards of identity or for the creation of new standards,
and to submit data which may throw light on current consumer understanding
of products now marketed. Industry members are encouraged to submit any
information of a technical nature relating to changes that may have occurred
in methods of production (distillation and rectification) and storage since
the regulations were issued. Any other recommendations or suggestions,
with supporting data,if available, for the improvement of the regulations
will also be welcomed.
You are invited to forward comments and submissions, in writing,
to the Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division (CP:AT:JHL), Washington,
D. C., 20224, at your earliest convenience, so that the Committee may have
the benefit of your thinking and available data and studies in preparing
its tentative findings and recommendations. In order to reduce the number
of duplicate proposals, it is suggested that those of you who are members
of trade associations work with and through such associations. However,
this is not intended to imply that you should not submit proposals which
reflect your individual thinking on these matters.
Your interest and participation in this program will be greatly
Inquiries concerning this circular should refer to its number and
be addressed to the Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division (Attention:
CP:AT:JHL), Washington, D. C. 20224.
Harold A. Serr
Director, Alcohol & Tobacco Tax Division