VANILLA SAMPLING PROGRAM
Manufacturers of Nonbeverage Products
and Others Concerned
Purpose. This circular is issued to advise manufacturers
of nonbeverage products that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms is conducting an intensified sampling program on
vanilla extracts and flavors.
Background. The Bureau has found that in an increasing
number of instances synthetic vanillin has been substituted
for natural vanilla beans in the production of vanilla extracts.
Similarly, in the case of vanilla flavors, the Bureau has found
that synthetic vanillin has been used in quantities exceeding
that specified on approved formulas on ATF Form 1678, Formula and
Process for Nonbeverage Product. In instances of this type,
the product manufactured has not been produced according to
Compliance. During inspections of drawback claims,
inspectors will be taking samples of vanilla extracts and
flavors of various strengths, batches and formulations. The
samples will be analyzed by ATF chemists to verify production
according to approved formula. Where it is found that alcohol
has been used in products which have not been manufactured in
strict accordance with approved formulas, drawback of tax will
not be allowed on the alcohol so used.
Inquiries. Inquiries concerning this circular should
refer to its number and be addressed to the office of your
regional regulatory administrator.
Rex D. Davis