It is likely that all beer, wine and spirits labels will change dramatically in the near future. TTB has been working on new rules since CSPI and other groups submitted a petition in 2003. The new rules would require a “Serving Facts” panel on every container. This panel would include a lot more information, such as the typical serving size, number of servings per container, calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat. Because this is a big, controversial change, TTB has received more than 18,000 public comments during the past few years. There are far too many comments for most people to review, and so we will highlight and summarize the most noteworthy comments here. The most recent proposal and comments are here. This is comment 18 in a series; to see others, click on the “serving facts” tag below.
NABI is the National Association of Beverage Importers. It is a trade association whose members produce, import and distribute alcohol beverage products. Its three page comment said:
- The manner of presenting the information should be optional and depend on the space available.
- For example, a linear format may be suitable in some cases and in others the company could provide the information via a website.
- The rule is complex especially in combination with state and international rules, and allergen labeling.
The Presidents’ Forum of the Beverage Alcohol Industry is a trade association made up of US alcohol beverage company CEOs. Its two page comment said:
- This should be voluntary rather than mandatory.
- A toll free phone number or website could serve the same purpose.
- Or, a linear format is sufficient.
- As companies phase-in the serving facts panel, they should be allowed to do so without seeking new label approvals. This would ease the burden on industry and “reduce the need to review a vast number of already approved labels that no doubt would strain [TTB’s] already scarce resources.”
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