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ATF invites comment on alcoholic content ceiling for malt liquor.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) has called for public comment on whether standards for alcoholic content should be adopted for malt liquor. According to the BATF, the invitation is in response to recent petitioners who have contended that malt liquor contributes to drug abuse. A petition from 21 organizations asked the BATF to help "curb drug abuse" by establishing a malt liquor standard, with a maximum alcohol content of five percent.

The BATF believes that a malt liquor standard would generate requests to adopt similar standards for beer and other malt beverages. The agency says that new standards might not produce the results envisioned by petitioners, but it has invited public comment on several questions:

1. Should ATF consider establishing a standard of identity for malt liquor? What factors such as ingredients, alcohol content, etc. would distinguish malt liquor from other malt beverages?

2. Based on trade and consumer understanding of malt liquor, should a standard of identity for malt liquor contain a maximum or minimum alcohol content?

3. Should ATF consider establishing standards of identity for other malt beverages, including beer, lager beer, ale, porter and stout? Should alcohol content be a factor in such standards?

4. Is the term "liquor" or "malt liquor" deceptive or inappropriate? Should ATF allow continued use of "malt liquor" on labels or eliminate the term?

The BATF has reported that it will accept written comments for a period of 90 days. Comments should include reference to notice #771 (in which the questions above appeared) and be forwarded to the chief of the wine and beer branch, BATF, P.O. Box 50221, Washington, D.C. 20091-0221.
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Title Annotation:Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:May 3, 1993
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