Wednesday, August 19, 2009

FDA Guidance on Labeling of Certain Beer Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the labeling of non-malt This blog discussed some of the issues involved in When Beer is not Beer. Beer products beers that contain substitutes for malted barley—such as sorghum, rice or wheat—or are made without hops, fall under FDA rather than the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The guidance advises industry on how to label beers that are subject to the FDA's labeling requirements under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act.

FDA's new draft guidance, "Labeling of Certain Beers Subject to the Labeling Jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration," specifies the mandatory information required on the labels of these non-malt beers. Manufacturers of non-malt beers are expected to comply with the FDA's labeling requirements by Jan. 1, 2012. The Federal Register notice (74 FR 41438) can be viewed on the GPO Access web site and the guidance can be viewed on the FDA website.

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