In order to avoid having your label applications returned for correction because you need formula approval or laboratory sample analysis first, you need to know the answer to the question, “Do I need a formula?” Most alcohol beverages do not require TTB formula approval, but when you add ingredients that alter the flavor or color of your product, or use certain processes not addressed in the regulations, the chances are good that you will.
But just to be sure, there is an easy way to figure out if your product requires formula approval or laboratory sample analysis. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has a handy tool on TTB.gov that helps you answer the question: Which Alcohol Beverages Require Formula Approval? The tool walks you through a series of questions about your product and then provides a clear answer based on how you respond. The tool also provides standard product definitions and some regulatory tips.
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