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Industry Circular

Number: 70-9
Date: February 4, 1970

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division
Washington, D.C. 20224


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Proprietors of Distilled Spirits Plants, Manufacturers of Liquor Bottles, Wholesale Liquor Dealers, and Others Concerned

In response to requests from members of the airline, container, and liquor industries, the Director has decided to authorize the experimental packaging and marketing of distilled spirits in non-rigid miniature containers. Such experimental operations will be authorized during calendar years 1970 and 1971, pursuant to applications filed as discussed herein, and will be subject to the following conditions:

1. Any such containers shall be of 1/8-pint or 1/10-pint capacity only.

2. Such containers may be made only of materials, or combinations of materials, which are acceptable under the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration for the manufacture of containers to be used in packaging distilled spirits products.

3. Red or green strip stamps shall be affixed to the containers in such a manner that when the containers are opened pursuant to directions printed thereon the strip stamps will be destroyed.

4. The filled containers may be used only by passenger airline companies for in-flight service to passengers. For this purpose, distilled spirits plant proprietors may sell them direct to the airline companies or may sell them to wholesale liquor dealers who, in turn, may sell them only to airline companies

5. Records of the sale of such filled containers shall be maintained by distilled spirits plant proprietors and by wholesale liquor dealers in such a manner as to enable internal revenue officers to readily trace all shipments thereof.

6. Each label to be used shall conform to all applicable requirements of 27 CFR Part 5 and, in addition, shall contain (in clear and legible type) the statement "For use by passenger airline companies for in-flight consumption only." Each such label shall be covered by a certificate of label approval as required by 27 CFR Part 5.

Distilled spirits plant proprietors who wish to package and market non-rigid miniatures pursuant to the above stated conditions during the experimental period should file applications, in triplicate, for such purpose. Such applications should be addressed to the Director and submitted through the Assistant Regional Commissioner of the applicant's region. Each application should be accompanied (or followed as soon as convenient) by at least two filled samples of the miniature non-rigid containers to be used and two complete sets of each label to be used. In addition, each application should include the following information:

1. A full description of the material, or combination of materials, of which the basic containers (exclusive of wrappers and labels) will be made and of the manner in which they are to be formed, constructed, and filled and a description of the completed package, including wrappers and labels.

2. The name and address of the supplier of the material from which the basic containers will be made.

3. A statement as to whether the non-rigid containers are acceptable for containing distilled spirits under Food and Drug Administration requirements.

Inquiries concerning this Circular should be addressed to the Director.

Harold Serr

Harold A. Serr,

Director Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division

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