TTB Requests Public Comment on Labeling Proposals


On Friday, April
29, 2005, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a Request for Public Comment on the Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits and Malt Beverages.  Comments are due on or before June 28 on a variety of possible changes in regulations governing the labeling of alcoholic beverages.  TTB cited the increased interest in nutrition and ingredient information in moving forward to consider how to provide more information to consumers.

The TTB notice responds, in part, to a
2003 petition from CSPI, the National Consumers League, and others for mandatory ingredient and alcohol content labeling, as well as industry proposals for permissive "Nutrition Facts" labeling and other labeling issues that arose during consideration of malternative controversies.

Critical issues include:

  • whether the labeling changes would be mandatory or voluntary;

  • to what extent, if at all, "nutrition" information (carbs, fats, proteins) should be included;

  • whether labels should list all ingredients, calories, serving size, number of servings per container, allergens, alcohol content, and a definition of moderate drinking;

  • whether TTB requirements should be harmonized with those of other major alcohol producing nations;

  • whether the benefits to consumers are sufficient to warrant the economic costs associated with label revisions, and;

  • whether the labeling requirements should apply to advertising as well.

The TTB notice can be accessed here.


CSPI will develop its comments on TTB's request and post them on our website.  Also, by the middle of June, we will send out more detailed talking points to assist the public health community in responding to the notice.  If you have any questions, please contact George Hacker at or at 202-777-8343.


Please join us in advocating for long-overdue improvements in the labeling of alcoholic beverages.


Updated March 28, 2005

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