Notice of Public Hearings Regarding Health Claims
on Alcoholic Beverage Containers

The February 28, 2000 Federal Register announced the dates and locations for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) public hearings on the use of health claims and other health-related statements in the labeling and advertising of alcoholic beverages. The deadline to submit letters for persons wishing to make oral comments at the hearings is April 7, 2000. We strongly encourage public health officials, researchers, law enforcement personnel, prevention professionals, and members of the general public to respond, and recruit others to respond, to the BATF notice. The public hearings are being held in the following cities:

Washington, D.C.
San Francisco, CA
Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX

April 25-27
May 23-25
June 27-29
July 25-27
August 22-24

Requests to testify and written comments must be submitted to:

Chief, Regulations Division
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
PO Box 50221
Washington, D.C. 20091-0221
ATTN: Notice No. 892

Email comments can be sent to: Comments must contain your name, mailing address, email address, reference notice 892, and be legible and not more than three pages in length when printed. Requests to testify and written comments may also be submitted by fax to (202) 927-8602. Fax comments must be legible, reference notice 892, contain a legible written signature, and be no more than three pages long. Individuals unable to attend the public hearings may submit written or email comments on or until September 29, 2000.

For background information on alcoholic beverage labeling health claims issues, please visit CSPI's Comments and Talking Points.   For more information on the BATF notice, how to contact the BATF, and how to format your written comments, please see the February 28, 2000 Federal Register.

March 17, 2000