REMINDER: TTB Ingredient Labeling Comments due September 26, 2005


In April, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) requested comments on a wide range of issues concerning informational labeling of alcoholic beverages.  The comment period was later extended to September 26, 2005.

We encourage you to submit comments on the TTB's proposed rulemaking on the labeling of alcoholic beverages before Monday, September 26.  Your comments need not be detailed.  A straightforward letter supportive of mandatory labeling of alcohol content, serving size, number of servings per container, Dietary Guidelines information, etc., would be helpful in communicating public support for improved alcohol label information.  The alcohol industry is pushing for purely voluntary labeling, so consumers need to promote the need for mandatory labeling to TTB.

We have posted a sample letter here, and you should feel free to use this as a template.

There are four simple ways to submit your opinion:

1.   Mail: Chief, Regulations and Procedures Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Attn: Notice Number 41, PO Box 14412, Washington, DC 20044-4412
2.   Fax: 202-927-8525 (if no longer than five pages)
3.   E-mail:
4.   Online:


After this round of comments, TTB will decide whether to propose a formal rule change.


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; 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.


Updated September 21, 2005


Related Links:


Sample Letter [doc]


TTB Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [pdf]


CSPI's General Principles on Alcohol Labeling


CSPI and the National Consumers League's Original Petition to the TTB [pdf]



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