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BATF requests comment on nutrition labeling for malt beverages.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has published an advance notice requesting comments on whether current regulations should be amended to allow nutrition labeling for beer, wine and distilled spirits.

The agency is reacting to a petition that it recently received, suggesting the need for nutritional labeling.

The BATF is requesting information from consumers, consumer groups, interest groups, associations and industry members on the desirability and feasibility of nutrition labeling. Some of the questions that the agency would like to answer include:

Should nutritional information be displayed on labels of alcoholic beverages? Why or why not? If "yes," would it be voluntary of mandatory? If mandatory, what specific nutrients should appear on the label? Should there be exemptions for small producers? What would be the costs associated with the measure to the industry and the consumer? Are there alternatives, including perhaps listing an address on the label for consumers to write the company for information?

Comments should be sent to: Chief, Wine & Beer Branch, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms; P.O. Box 50221, Washington, D.C. 20091-0221. Attn: Notice #776.
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Title Annotation:Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Aug 23, 1993
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