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TTB Issues New Priorities for FY 2020


TTB Issues New Priorities for FY 2020

The Federal Government’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions reports on the actions that administrative agencies of the Executive Branch plan to issue in the near and long term. The Unified Agenda is released by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, part of the federal government’s Office of management and Budget.

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THE SUPREME COURT SPEAKS: Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Assn. v. Thomas


THE SUPREME COURT SPEAKS: Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Assn. v. Thomas

PETITIONERS WIN: Justice Samuel Alito wrote the 7-2 majority decision, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Brett Kavanaugh. AS Justice Alito wrote: [T]he Commerce Clause by its own force restricts state protectionism, . . . without the dormant Commerce Clause, we would be left with a constitutional scheme that those who framed and ratified the Constitution would surely find surprising. . . §2 [of the 21st Amendment]was meant to "constitutionaliz[e]" the basic understanding of the extent of the States' power to regulate alcohol that prevailed before Prohibition. And as recognized during that period, the Commerce Clause did not permit the States to impose protectionist measures clothed as police power regulations. . . We have examined whether state alcohol laws that burden interstate commerce serve a State's legitimate §2 interests. And protectionism, we have stressed, is not such an interest. . . the predominant effect of the [Tennessee] 2-year residency requirement is simply to protect the Association's members from out-of-state competition."

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THE SUPREME COURT SPEAKS: Iancu v. Brunetti


THE SUPREME COURT SPEAKS: Iancu v. Brunetti

In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit both invoked the First Amendment in separate cases to strike down certain federal trademark registration restrictions barring “scandalous and immoral” language. Those cases raised questions about whether similar federal alcohol laws barring such language from beverage labeling likewise violate the First Amendment.

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Where Does the Law Stand on Producing Foods and Beverages Containing Cannabidiol (CBD)?


Where Does the Law Stand on Producing Foods and Beverages Containing Cannabidiol (CBD)?

In his April 2, 2019 press release, then-FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., confirmed the agency’s position that passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) and its removal of “hemp” from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act did not disturb the FDA’s current authority to regulate products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and section 351 of the Public Health Service Act. In essence, the FDA retains authority to regulate foods, beverages and health products containing cannabis or derivative products such as cannabidiol (CBD).

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In Memoriam: John Manfreda


In Memoriam: John Manfreda

John J. Manfreda passed away on May 25, 2019, at his home outside Washington DC. A native of the District of Columbia, Mr. Manfreda received his law degree from the American University School of Law in Washington, DC, in 1970, and was a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and for the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Mr. Manfreda also earned a master's degree in tax law at the Georgetown University Law School in 1974. In addition, he majored in business finance and economics as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland.

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2019 Florida Booze Bills To Watch


2019 Florida Booze Bills To Watch

It feels like just yesterday that I wrote about the 2018 Florida legislative actions affecting the alcohol beverage industry. Yet here we are, a few days away from the March 5, 2019 start of the Florida legislative session, again considering some pretty significant alcohol-related bills. Here are the highlights:

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TTB Announces Proposed Amendments to Regulations Governing the Labeling and Advertising of Alcohol Beverage Products


TTB Announces Proposed Amendments to Regulations Governing the Labeling and Advertising of Alcohol Beverage Products

Today, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a proposed amendment to the regulations governing the labeling and advertising of wine, distilled spirits and malt beverages. The proposed rule seeks to reorganize and recodify these and incorporate guidance documents and current policy.

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Strategies for Serving Responsibly


Strategies for Serving Responsibly

If you operate an on-premise establishment, responsible serving should be a key element of the business philosophy. The phrase “responsible serving” is generally defined as an employee’s ability to recognize signs of a patron’s excessive drinking while serving alcohol in a professional and reason¬able manner and providing utmost customer service.

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Promotional Items in the Alcohol Beverage Industry


Promotional Items in the Alcohol Beverage Industry

I like free stuff. Who doesn’t? (Just think of all of those reusable shopping bags and stress balls you continue to stash away in your cupboards.) And, I will admit the promotional items I have received gratis may lead me to think kindly of the company willing to gift me a “highly-prized” widget. This favorable impression is exactly the aim of companies providing these nominal valued promotional items.

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Top Questions to Ask Before You Sign a Lease for Your Florida Restaurant or Bar


Top Questions to Ask Before You Sign a Lease for Your Florida Restaurant or Bar

I field frantic calls from potential clients on a daily basis -- folks who have signed a lease, are knee-deep in construction permitting, and then realize that they will have a hard time getting a liquor license. I hear things like: “The landlord told me I wouldn’t have an issue getting a liquor license, but now the City is saying the space isn’t zoned for a restaurant” or “I don’t understand! The person who sold me the business said the liquor license was included! Why won’t the City approve it?”

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TTB Clarifies its Position on Cannabis/Marijuana as an Ingredient in Alcohol Beverages


TTB Clarifies its Position on Cannabis/Marijuana as an Ingredient in Alcohol Beverages

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently published new information that clarifies the agency’s position on the use of controlled substances, including marijuana, in alcohol beverages.

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Alcohol Advertising in the Digital Age


Alcohol Advertising in the Digital Age

Suppliers and retailers of alcoholic beverages advertise their respective products and offerings in a wide variety of digital outlets. Questions arise as to how the complex legal landscape of alcohol regulation applies in these digital spaces. Advertising media include social network services (e.g., Facebook), video sharing sites (e.g., YouTube), blogs, and smartphone applications. In addition to these types of media which engage consumers directly on their televisions and personal devices, other types of media target consumers in retail places. These media include digital screens which are physically present in store, as well as seemingly invisible technology which targets the consumer in store on his or her smartphone.

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As State Legislatures Conclude Their Work, Florida Weighs in with New Alcohol Laws


As State Legislatures Conclude Their Work, Florida Weighs in with New Alcohol Laws

As Spring finally arrives, many state legislatures are concluding this year’s session of lawmaking. In some jurisdictions, the changes to state alcohol laws have been minimal. For example, despite calls from legislative leaders to reform Massachusetts’ controversial beer franchise laws, a state legislative committee failed to advance a trio of competing reform bills offered by brewers and wholesalers by the February 7th deadline.

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GrayRobinson Stays on Top of Liquor Law, Rule & Non-Rule Policy Changes for Clients


GrayRobinson Stays on Top of Liquor Law, Rule & Non-Rule Policy Changes for Clients

The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco typically does not have a legislative package proposing new or amended state policies for our Legislature and Governor’s approval. 2017 was an exception. The Division, after studying temporary license fee receipts for transfer, change of location, and change of license series or type of license, concluded that the $100.00 temporary fee should be eliminated in section 561.331, FL Stat. This adjustment was proposed as a 2017 Department of Business & Professional Regulation bill for the Florida Legislature to consider.

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New Law Opens Door for Orlando Restaurant Liquor Licenses


New Law Opens Door for Orlando Restaurant Liquor Licenses

With the passage of House Bill 1447 on March 8th, the Florida Legislature paved the way for smaller Orlando restaurants to obtain full liquor licenses. Approved by a Senate vote of 38-0, the bill reduces the square footage and seating requirements for restaurants in the Orlando “Downtown Restaurant Area” to qualify for a type “4COP SFS” full liquor license. The “Downtown Restaurant Area consists of an area bounded by Ferncreek Avenue to the east, Westmoreland Drive to the west, Colonial Drive to the north, and Gore Street to the south.

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Aluminum Tariffs & Trade Wars: Impact on the Beer Industry, and Perhaps Much More


Aluminum Tariffs & Trade Wars: Impact on the Beer Industry, and Perhaps Much More

The current administration in Washington D.C. has promised to impose new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Current reports suggest a twenty-five percent (25%) tariff will be imposed on imported steel, with a ten percent (10%) tariff added to the cost of imported aluminum. Enterprising pundits are atwitter over the prospect of a devastating impact that an aluminum tariff could have on one of America’s favorite beverages – beer!

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New York Governor's Executive Budget Includes Benefits for State Alcohol Industry


New York Governor's Executive Budget Includes Benefits for State Alcohol Industry

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed language in his FY2019 Executive Budget. Buried in the budget is a provision that amends the definition of a Hotel under the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control ("ABC") Law Section 3(14). Governor Cuomo released his new budget for 2018-19 on January 16th. The Legislature will now hold budget hearings and react with their own spending priorities

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Alcohol and Marijuana: California ABC Issues New Guidance on the Interplay Between the Alcohol and Cannabis Industries


Alcohol and Marijuana: California ABC Issues New Guidance on the Interplay Between the Alcohol and Cannabis Industries

On January 18, 2018, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control released an advisory that outlines the agency’s policies about legalized cannabis and marijuana relative to licensees that sell alcohol beverages. The advisory, titled “Cannabis and Alcoholic Beverages”, uses a FAQ format to answer questions about what is permissible for alcohol licensees under California’s new cannabis law, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), which became effective on January 1, 2018.

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2018 Starts Strong with New Alcohol Legal Developments


2018 Starts Strong with New Alcohol Legal Developments

2018 has arrived, and the new year is starting off strong for the alcohol industry and those who regulate it. In preparation for what’s ahead, here’s a brief look at what’s already here!

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TTB Starts 2018 with Guidance on How to Pay FET Using New Alcohol Tax Rates


TTB Starts 2018 with Guidance on How to Pay FET Using New Alcohol Tax Rates

2018 has arrived, and the new year is starting off strong for the alcohol industry and those who regulate it. First up – learning how to implement the new Federal Excise Tax rates implemented under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Public Law No. 115-97).

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UPDATE: The Tax Cut Bill Signed Into Law


UPDATE: The Tax Cut Bill Signed Into Law

This morning, President Donald Trump signed the tax cut bill into law. The bill, along with all the provisions detailed below, will take effect January 1, 2018.

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City of Miami Commission Paves the Way Toward Alcohol Beverage Law Cleanup


City of Miami Commission Paves the Way Toward Alcohol Beverage Law Cleanup

On October 26th, the City of Miami Commission voted on first reading to approve significant changes to City alcohol beverage laws. The Commission must now approve the proposed ordinance at a second reading in November. The City of Miami’s alcohol beverage laws are set forth in the chapter 4 of the City of Miami Code of Ordinances (“Chapter 4”), and are currently confusing, ambiguous, and difficult to maneuver. Over the past few years, Valerie Haber of GrayRobinson P.A., alongside other industry stakeholders, worked with City staff and Commissioners to re-draft the laws, in an effort to make the process of obtaining a Miami liquor license, beer and wine license, or brewery license more straightforward.

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Brewery Recycling: New Process Converts Spent Brewery Grains Into Beer Yeast


Brewery Recycling: New Process Converts Spent Brewery Grains Into Beer Yeast

As the business of craft brewing becomes more and more competitive, economics are taking an equal priority to artistry. More than success, mere survival in today’s malt beverage marketplace requires a business model that reduces every conceivable cost so that craft brewing ventures can continue to create both brands and profits.

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Update 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions Identifies Two Rule-Making Priorities for TTB


Update 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions Identifies Two Rule-Making Priorities for TTB

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a part of the federal government’s Office of management and Budget, recently published the Updated 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Unified Agenda provides an updated report on the administrative rulemaking actions that federal agencies plan to undertake in the near and long term. “Long-Term Actions” are items under development but for which the agency does not expect to have a regulatory action within the 12 months after publication of the Unified Agenda.

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The California ABC Wins one for the Gipper's State-Tied House Laws


The California ABC Wins one for the Gipper's State-Tied House Laws

Alcohol regulators across America battle constantly with industry members over trade practices generally, and “tied-house evil” restrictions in particular. At both the federal and state levels, alcohol suppliers and wholesalers generally are prohibited from furnishing funds or items of material value to alcohol beverage retailers, even as they must compete vigorously for the attention and purchasing orders of those retailers. The expanding role of third-party marketers complicates enforcement, as regulators must determine whether upper-tier industry members are doing indirectly what they are prohibited from doing directly.

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DEA’s Final Rule Listing Marijuana Derivatives As Schedule I Drugs May Prohibit Hemp-Infused Beverages


DEA’s Final Rule Listing Marijuana Derivatives As Schedule I Drugs May Prohibit Hemp-Infused Beverages

On February 6, 2017, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) released guidance for Oregon alcohol beverage producers that prohibits the production of cannabis-infused beverages. While marijuana-infused alcohol beverages remain prohibited by the state agency, the same guidance outlines an exception for using industrial hemp in hemp-infused alcohol beverages if certain conditions are met.

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GrayRobinson Ends Florida 2017 Legislative Session with Major Alcohol Accomplishments


GrayRobinson Ends Florida 2017 Legislative Session with Major Alcohol Accomplishments

TALLAHASSEE, FL - May 31, 2017 - As the gavel went down on the 2017 Florida Legislative Session, GrayRobinson’s Government Relations Team tallied up a significant list of accomplishments related to the laws that govern the alcohol industry. Among the Team’s accomplishments:

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What Real Estate Brokers Need to Know About Alcohol-Related Issues


What Real Estate Brokers Need to Know About Alcohol-Related Issues

MIAMI, FL - March 2, 2017 - We get a lot of questions from commercial real estate brokers about Miami liquor licenses and whether alcohol establishments can be located at particular properties. When brokers are faced with a proposed use that will require a liquor or beer and wine license (restaurants, bars, nightclubs, breweries, brewpubs, lounges, liquor package stores, convenience stores selling beer and wine, or any other type of business selling or serving beer, wine or spirits), it is advisable to conduct some in-depth due diligence to be sure that the alcohol use is allowed.

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Cruise Ship Industry News


Cruise Ship Industry News

TALLAHASSEE, FL – March 1, 2017 – Florida issued a new rule regarding alcohol and tobacco excise tax reporting for sales made within Florida boundaries by cruise ships. If you operate cruise ships coming to ports in Florida, or other states and have questions regarding tax reporting, licensing, or compliance with alcohol, food, and/or tobacco regulations, GrayRobinson has one of the largest groups of attorneys and professional consultants in Florida and the United States specializing in these regulations and helping clients with answers.

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2017 Sees Creation of The Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild


2017 Sees Creation of The Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild

As the number of domestic craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries continues to grow, so to do the regulatory compliance challenges facing these producers. The founding members of the Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild, which includes both attorneys from private law firms as well as in-house counsel from the alcohol industry, believe it’s time to help increase the overall knowledge and professionalism of attorneys representing craft producers. So, the CBLG was formed in 2017.

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Liquor Licenses as an Asset: How to Administer an Estate when the Decedent is a Licensee?


Liquor Licenses as an Asset: How to Administer an Estate when the Decedent is a Licensee?

A client comes into your office seeking advice for his estate plan. He is the sole owner of a company that operates a popular bar in town, known for its margaritas. During your meeting, he specifies that he wants to devise his vintage car to his son, house to his daughter, art collection to his grandchildren, and the remainder equally to his children.

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Recent Legal Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for a Miami Restaurant Liquor License


Recent Legal Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for a Miami Restaurant Liquor License

Recent law, and a related policy shift by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (“DABT”), makes it easier for Miami-Dade County restaurants to qualify for a full liquor license.

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China's Wine Imports Grow Dramatically, Without U.S.


China's Wine Imports Grow Dramatically, Without U.S.

China imported US$ 1.77 billion worth of wines during the first nine months of 2016, representing a 19.1% year-on-year increase. China’s total volume of wine imports also jumped 14.42% to over 464 million liters from January to September, according to the China Association for Imports & Export of Wines & Spirits, the nation’s official trade association. China’s bottled wine imports totaled about US$ 1.66 billion, a year-on-year increase of 20.64%, and accounted for 93.4% of all imported wines. In volume terms, the country imported more than 354 million liters of wines, a 19.06% increase compared with the same period last year.

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TTB Cracks Down on Pay-To-Play, With Historic $750,000 Offer In Compromise


TTB Cracks Down on Pay-To-Play, With Historic $750,000 Offer In Compromise

The Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) announced yesterday that it accepted an offer in compromise in the amount of $750,000 from the Craft Beer Guild, LLC. According to the TTB’s press release, this is the largest monetary offer in compromise that TTB has collected from a single industry member for trade practice violations. The Craft Beer Guild is a licensed wholesaler owned by Sheehan Family Companies, a multi-state beer distribution company operating in 13 states.

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FDA’s Deeming Rule Extends the Agency’s Authority over Tobacco Products


FDA’s Deeming Rule Extends the Agency’s Authority over Tobacco Products\

On May 05, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the long awaited and slightly contentious rule: “Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act” (the “Deeming Rule”). The Deeming Rule extends the FDA's authority to regulate tobacco products to include electronic nicotine delivery systems (such as e-cigarettes and vape pens), all cigars, hookah (waterpipe) tobacco, pipe tobacco, and nicotine gels.

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FDA's New Federal Regulations for Food Shippers and Transporters Excludes Packaged Alcohol Beverages


FDA's New Federal Regulations for Food Shippers and Transporters Excludes Packaged Alcohol Beverages

On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced final promulgation and issuance of a new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that governs transportation of food. The new rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, which goes into effect either one or two years following official publication depending on the size of the regulated business, will require those involved in transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for sanitary transportation, such as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads and properly protecting food during transportation.

Most noteworthy to the alcohol beverage industry, the new rule does NOT apply to the transportation of food fully enclosed by a container that does not require temperature control to prevent it from becoming unsafe. According to the FDA, this provision essentially excludes packaged alcohol beverage products from coverage under the new food transportation rule.

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South Florida Alcohol and Liquor Licensing - A Snapshot


South Florida Alcohol and Liquor Licensing

Many clients come to GrayRobinson’s Alcohol Law Group with the misconception that getting a beer and wine license, or liquor license in South Florida, (including the City of Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County or Palm Beach County,) will be a straightforward process. Before reaching out to us, these clients often find themselves stuck in a holding pattern with state or local agencies, which oftentimes have convoluted and burdensome requirements that must be met before a state alcohol license can be issued. Complicating matters further, local municipal requirements vary greatly. For example, the City of Miami Beach, which includes South Beach, requires that you obtain a Certificate of Use and Business Tax Receipt before you can apply for your state alcohol beverage license. The City of Miami, which includes downtown Miami, the Design District, Wynwood, Coconut Grove, and the Calle Ocho area, requires that multiple local inspections be performed before their zoning department will sign off on a state alcohol beverage application. Navigating these complexities can be tough, but completely manageable once you understand important aspects of the licensing process.

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New Federal Law Defining and Taxing Hard Cider on Track For Implementation in 2017


New Federal Law Defining and Taxing Hard Cider on Track For Implementation in 2017

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Act. The PATH Act included Congress’ Cider Investment and Development through Excise Tax Reduction Act (commonly referred to as the “CIDER Act”), which updated federal tax law to make it easier for cider makers to put new, value-added products on the market. The new cider law goes into effect as of December 31, 2016.

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FDA Extends Public Comment Period for New Regulation on Labeling "Gluten-Free" Foods and Beverages


FDA Extends Public Comment Period for New Regulation on Labeling "Gluten-Free" Foods and Beverages

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it has extend the period for public comments on a proposed rule to establish requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, or foods that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients, and bear a “gluten-free” claim. FDA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule on gluten-free labeling for fermented or hydrolyzed foods by 60 days.

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Federal Government Renews Call for Nationwide 0.05 BAC Limit


Federal Government Renews Call for Nationwide 0.05 BAC Limit

The federal government renewed its call for states to lower the legal alcohol limit for driving to 0.05. In its 2016 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, published on January 13, 2016,1 The National Transportation Safety Board again called on states to lower blood alcohol concentration or “BAC” limits from 0.08 to 0.05.2 NTSB first called on states to establish BAC limits of 0.05 or lower in 2013. At the time, that call to action was largely was declaimed by the industry, and ignored by the public and the states. - See more at: http://www.gray-robinson.com/article/post/1121/federal-government-renews-call-nationwide-bac-limit#sthash.aFJduC0r.dpuf

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CDC Issues Guidance Advising Women Ages 15-44 to Not Consume Alcohol Unless Using Birth Control


CDC Issues Guidance Advising Women Ages 15-44 to Not Consume Alcohol Unless Using Birth Control

On February 2, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control issued a new pronouncement through its published CDC Vital Signs advising women of child-rearing age to avoid any consumption of alcohol unless they are on birth control. The CDC addressed its guidance to all women between the ages of 15 and 44, with a focus on the 3.3 million women that the agency estimates are at risk of exposing a developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, sexually active, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy.

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Congress Delays FDA's Implementation of Final Restaurant Menu and Vending Machine Labeling Requirements for Chains with 20+ Locations


FDA’s Implementation of Final Restaurant Menu and Vending Machine Labeling Requirements for Chains with 20+ Locations Delayed By Congress

Through passage of its bi-partisan omnibus tax bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (the “Act”), Congress has substantially extended the time line for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s enforcement of the agency’s new rules on standard restaurant menu labeling. At this point, there is no date certain as to when compliance will be required. The FDA announced last year that it would give chain restaurants until December 1, 2016, to comply with its final regulation requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts for the foods they sell.

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TRUST BUT VERIFY? - Whether A Drunk Driving Exception to the Fourth Amendment’s Prohibition Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures Exists for Warrantless Vehicle Stops by Law Enforcement Based on Uncorroborated Anonymous Tips


One of the primary concerns of law enforcement generally, and state alcohol regulators in particular, is the war on drunk driving. Many law-related initiatives have been adopted over the years to fight the scourge of drunk driving.

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Another Step Closer to Full Taxation of Online Sales


The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to accept certiorari and review a dispute over New York state’s efforts to tax online sales by e-tailers who do not have a physical brick-and-mortar presence in the Empire State. The High Court’s failure to act leaves standing a New York Court of Appeals decision upholding the expansive New York tax law. Although the Supreme Court does not have to explain why it declines to hear cases, it may have been swayed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who argued in defense of the law that recent developments favored delaying consideration of the issue. He cited the possibility of congressional action and pending challenges to other state laws as reasons why it would be better to wait.

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Message to TTB Regulated Industry Members


Message to TTB Regulated Industry Members - The federal government has reopened and that means the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is back to work! We understand that the shutdown imposed hardships on many of you, the industry members we regulate, and on the public we serve. We want to assure you that TTB is committed to reducing the impact of the shutdown in as many ways as possible, and as quickly as possible, to lessen the effects on your business operations.

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When Modern Fish Farming Intersects With Sustainable Brewing


Sustainable seafood advocate Paul Greenberg, the author of bestselling book Four Fish, recently wrote in the The New York Times: "Don't Discount (Smart) Farming" when it comes to the future of fish as a protein source for the world’s growing population. Greenberg notes that despite the fact that half of the world's seafood is now raised on farms, many American consumers are concerned about eating farmed fish.

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Brewers Association Declare Craft Beer Is Now A $10 Billion Category


According to a report recently released by the Brewers Association (BA), a trade group representing small and independent brewers, the craft beer niche of the beer segment has grown into a $10 billion category. As part of its annual report on the state of the U.S. craft beer industry, BA indicated that U.S. craft beer volumes reached an all-time high in 2012.

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Beer at the Beards - Craft brew stars vie for the Oscars of food and drink


The WEEKLY PINT reports that craft beer brewers are developing an expanded presence in the world of foodies, most recently demonstrated in the announcement of this year’s James Beard Award finalists. The late James Beard, a native Oregonian, became one of the most influential culinary authors and personalities of the 20th century. For a chef, being invited to cook a meal in his former home, a stylish West Village townhouse, is a major professional milestone.

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