EXPERIMENTAL PACKAGING AND MARKETING OF
DISTILLED SPIRITS IN PVC PLASTIC LIQUOR
BOTTLES AND NON-RIGID MINIATURE CONTAINERS
Proprietors of Distilled Spirits Plants,
Manufacturers of Liquor Bottles,
Importers, Wholesale Liquor Dealers
and Others Concerned:
The experiments to package and market distilled spirits in PVC liquor
bottles and non-rigid miniature containers were extended in Industry Circular
71-26 to June 30, 1972, to allow sufficient time for the preparation and
distribution of a draft environmental impact statement on the possible environmental effects of PVC plastic. The draft statement was prepared and its
availability was announced in Industry Circular 72-5, dated March 9, 1972.
Comments on the draft statement have been received from the Environmental
Protection Agency, other governmental agencies, and the general public. Some
of these comments have raised serious questions with respect to the effects
of PVC plastics on solid waste disposal systems and on the general environment.
In view of these comments, we have determined than an in-depth study on such
questions is necessary prior to the issuance of the final environmental impact
statement, upon which the final decision as to the suitability of polyvinyl
chloride plastic for the manufacture of liquor bottles will be based.
We expect to complete the aforementioned study before the end of this
calendar year. Therefore, we are extending the current experiment to package
distilled spirits in semi-rigid PVC liquor bottles for six months. Accordingly,
applications previously approved for such packaging are hereby extended to
December 31, 1972.
In view of the difficulties encountered in packaging distilled spirits in
non-rigid miniature containers and their limited market, the experimental packaging of distilled spirits in non-rigid miniature containers for use by passenger
airlines will be terminated on June 30, 1972. Proprietors authorized to use
such containers under the experimental program may continue to use them until
that date and may continue to ship their supplies of filled containers on hand
as of the termination date, provided such shipments do not continue beyond three
months from such termination date.
Rex D. Davis,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division