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Industry Circular

Number: 70-28
Date: October 1, 1970

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


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Brewers and others concerned:

Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to advise you that the document "Adjuncts Reported to be Employed in Brewing" dated January 1, 1968, and referred to in Industry Circular No. 68-5, has been updated by the brewing industry. The revised document dated September 1, 1970, has been furnished to the Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division. It is understood that copies of the revised Adjunct Report have been supplied by the industry to all qualified brewers.

Use of adjuncts contained in the revised Adjunct Report. The revised Adjunct Report is organized on a functional format, separating the adjuncts employed in brewing into seven categories according to the functions they perform in the brewing process. Certain materials which were included in the original Adjunct Report brewing water treatments, consumed yeast nutrients, yeast care and wash materials, and carriers or fillers in proprietary products have been eliminated as not properly falling within the definition of "adjunct." As in the original Adjunct Report, basic brewing material and cleansing agents, filter aids, and clarifying agents removed by precipitation and filtration are not included.

The documentation accompanying the revised Adjunct Report indicates that each adjunct reported is either generally recognized as safe, or has been approved under the Food Additives Amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, for use in the production of beer or cereal beverages.

It has been determined that each of the adjuncts listed in the revised Adjunct Report may properly be employed in the production of beer and cereal beverages (as defined in section 245.5 of 26 CFR Part 245) if it is used in accordance with good brewing practice and in accordance with all conditions and limitations for its use prescribed by regulation under the Food Additives Amendment or applicable to its general recognition as safe for use in beer and cereal beverages.

In order to continue or begin the use of an adjunct listed in the Report the brewer will be expected to file a statement with his Assistant Regional Commissioner (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) to become part of his notice, Form 27-C, to the effect that he has received a copy of the revised Adjunct

Report and proposes to use (without specificity) one or more of the adjuncts listed therein. It will be the responsibility of the brewer to establish the propriety of his use of an adjunct by the maintenance of commercial records detailing the receipt and use thereof.

Adjuncts not listed in the revised Adjunct Report. Adjuncts listed in the revised Adjunct Report are currently recognized as 'wholesome products suitable for human food consumption' and suitable for use in beer and cereal beverages. Any brewer desiring to use an adjunct not included in the Report should, prior to commencing its use, submit complete documentation addressed to the Director concerning the appropriateness of the adjunct for the use proposed. If it is found that the proposed material is suitable for use in beer and cereal beverages, the brewer will be so notified and an amendment of the adjunct list will be issued for the information and guidance of other brewers.

Inquiries. Inquiries regarding this circular should refer to its number and be addressed to the Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D. C. 20224.

Rex Davis

Rex D. Davis,

Acting Director

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division

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