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TTB Newsletter for June 28, 2013

Greetings! We hope you are having a galvanizing and efficacious week! This week's top stories include an upcoming Pay.gov system outage,  announcements about new TTB's recently published rulemaking documents and FDA's free online courses on food defense, and information about TTB.gov's email updates subscription service.

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In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

Please send any questions or comments to the Executive Liaison for Industry Matters at IndustryLiaison@ttb.gov.

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PAY.GOV – UPCOMING SYSTEM OUTAGES

Pay.gov Will Experience Interruptions on 6/29

FOUR NEW TTB RULEMAKING DOCUMENTS PUBLISHED IN FEDERAL REGISTER

The following four TTB rulemaking documents were published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2013:

  • TTB Proposes Changes to Lessen Regulatory Burden on Industrial Alcohol Industry
    On June 27, 2013, TTB published a notice of proposed rulemaking (Notice No. 136) that would, if adopted, eliminate outdated specially denatured spirits formulas from its regulations, reclassify some specially denatured spirits formulas as completely denatured alcohol formulas, issue some new general-use formulas for manufacturing products with specially denatured spirits, and make other improvements to the industrial alcohol regulations.  This proposal would remove unnecessary regulatory burdens on the industrial alcohol industry and TTB, and would align the regulations with current industry practice. (Specially denatured spirits and completely denatured alcohol are distilled spirits to which materials have been added to render the spirits unfit for beverage use.).  Read the press release.

    You may submit comments on the proposal, and view copies of the proposed rule and any comments TTB receives about it, online at the "Regulations.gov" website (http://www.regulations.gov) within Docket No. TTB-2013-0005. A link to that docket is posted on the TTB website at http://www.ttb.gov/spirits/spirits-rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 136. Please see Notice No. 136 for information on alternative methods for submitting comments. Comments on this proposal must be received on or before August 26, 2013. Read the related press release.
  • TTB Issues Temporary Rule Affecting Tobacco Importer Permits and Other Tobacco Regulations, Seeks Comments
    On June 27, 2013, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a temporary rule (T.D. TTB-115) extending the duration of new permits for importers of tobacco products and processed tobacco from three years to five years.  The temporary rule also makes several technical corrections to the TTB tobacco regulations to reflect recent statutory changes and replaces temporary regulations originally published in 1999.  TTB is soliciting comments from all interested parties on these regulatory amendments through a notice of proposed rulemaking (Notice No. 137) published in the same issue of the Federal Register.

    You may view the temporary rule, the related proposed rule, and any comments TTB receives about the proposal, as well as submit comments on the proposal, at the Regulations.gov website within Docket No. TTB-2013-0006.  A link to that docket is posted on the TTB website at http://www.ttb.gov/tobacco/tobacco-rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 137.  Please see Notice No. 137 for alternative methods for submitting comments.  Comments must be received on or before August 26, 2013.  Read the related press release.

FDA OFFERS FREE ONLINE COURSES ON FOOD DEFENSE

Although largely exempt from the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, TTB's regulated industry members may still find this course of some interest. 

Source: Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revamped its online food defense courses to help bolster the food industry's defense measures against an act of intentional food contamination.

The revamped courses, titled Food Defense 101, have been updated to address the types of intentional contamination that have occurred in the United States in recent years and the FDA's most current thinking on how to forestall or minimize the impact of such incidents. The courses also have been integrated into one module, so users can now more easily find what they are looking for.

The four courses are:

1) Food Defense Awareness for Professionals;
2) Food Defense Awareness for Frontline Employees
3) FDA Regulations, which speaks to three federal regulations established to help protect the nation's food supply
4) Alert, for owners and operators of food facilities, to help them protect their facilities from the threat of intentional contamination.

Food Defense 101 is available to industry and the public at no charge. Visit the Food Defense page at FDA.gov for additional information on FDA's food defense resources.

EMAIL UPDATES FROM TTB.GOV USING GOVDELIVERY

Last week we highlighted our RSS Feeds from TTB. This week, we're reminding you about our free email subscription service, GovDelivery.

Staying current with the latest news at TTB is easy with TTB.gov's GovDelivery email subscription service. This service is designed to allow you to receive the information you want—whether it be news, recent rulemakings, upcoming seminars or workshops, and other developments at TTB—when you want it, and to make changes to your subscription preferences at your own discretion.

So how does it work? This email subscription management service monitors designated website content and sends an email to alert subscribers when new information is posted on TTB.gov.

For instance, if you subscribe to our Allowable Changes for Approved Labels page at TTB.gov, you will know immediately when we make any changes on that page—for instance, you'd already know about the recent publication of our Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels Webinar presentation!

You can add or delete subscription items yourself, and have the option to password protect your account for increased security. You can opt to have email updates sent immediately, daily, weekly, or monthly to your email accounts, or directly to a wireless device. You may change your subscription preferences at any time and you may add other email alerts too if you choose.

To subscribe to receive email updates, visit TTB.gov or subscribe directly at TTB Email Updates. Subscribers will receive emails from TTB at the address usttb@govdelivery.com.

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