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SGS Provides Updates on Final Version of US FDA Guidance for Beer Labeling


The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) issued the final version of their August 2009 draft guidance for certain beers which are not subject to the labeling provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

Fairfield, NJ, February 09, 2015 --(PR.com)-- On 22 December 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) issued the final version (http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/ucm166239.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery) of their August 2009 draft guidance for certain beers which are not made from malt barley and hops but substitutes such as sorghum, rice or wheat, that the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) states do not meet the definition of malt beverages (http://www.ttb.gov/rulings/2008-3.pdf) and are therefore not subject to the labeling provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

Compliance with the US FDA Beer Labeling Requirements

These non-malt beers are subjected to the US FDA labeling requirements for beverage products. These products are required to have an appropriate statement of identity, net contents in English and metric units, ingredients listed in descending order of predominance, a nutrition facts panel unless exempt, an allergens statement (if applicable) and the name and address of the manufacturer, packer or distributor.

Identification and Labeling of Non-Malt Beers

An appropriate statement of identity, such as beer made from sorghum, or sorghum beer for non-malt beverage made from sorghum, is to be placed on the principal display panel, in bold type, reasonably in portion to the largest type on the principal display panel and reasonably parallel to the base on the container.

Additionally, these products are to have the government health warning statement as directed by the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act.

In 2009, the US FDA stated that these beverage companies had until 1 January, 2012 to revise their labels. These product labels are now expected to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

About SGS Food Safety Services

SGS is committed to keeping readers informed of regulatory news and developments. Leveraging a global network of laboratories and food experts, SGS provides a comprehensive range of food safety and quality solutions including analytical testing, audits, certifications, inspections, label reviews (http://www.sgs.com/en/Agriculture-Food/Food/Primary-Production/Testing-and-Analytical-Services/Food-Label-Reviews-and-Nutritional-Analysis.aspx) and technical support. SGS continually invests in world class testing capabilities and state-of-the-art technology to help reduce risks, and improve food safety and quality.

For further information, please contact the SGS experts.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.
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SGS Consumer Testing Services
James Cook
+1 973 461 1493
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http://www.foodsafety.sgs.com
Food Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager
291 Fairfield Ave, Fairfield
New Jersey 07004, USA

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