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TTB: Avoiding Common Errors on Alcohol Beverage Labels

The government of health warning statements is one of the most common problems the TTB sees on alcohol beverage labels that causes them to have to send those COLA applications back for correction is errors in the mandatory health warning statement, including punctuation and formatting problems.

The following health warning statement must appear on all alcohol beverages for sale or distribution in the U.S. that contain 0.5 percent or more alcohol by volume:

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.

See the regulations in 27 CFR part 16 for the full rules about how to meet the health warning statement labeling requirements and speed your label approval process.

Source: TTB, October 2018