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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


ATF News
For Immediate Release:
FY-00-6
Contact:
Art Resnick
February
28, 2000


Notice of Public Hearings on Proposed Rule Concerning
Health Claims and other Health-Related Statements

Washington
- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is announcing the dates
and locations of five public hearings that it will hold concerning health
claims and other health-related statements in the labeling and advertising
of alcohol beverages. ATF has determined that the public interest would
be best served by the holding of public hearings on this matter. One purpose
of the hearings is to gather additional information to determine whether
the negative consequences of alcohol consumption or abuse disqualify, as
misleading, these products entirely from entitlement to any health-related
statements.

The schedules
of dates and locations of the five public hearings have been set as follows:

Cities
Dates
Locations
Washington,
DC
April
25 - April 27
Washington
Convention Center, 900 Ninth St., NW., Washington, DC
San
Francisco, CA
May
23 - May 25
Embassy
Suites San Francisco Airport, 150 Anza Blvd., Burlingame, CA
Atlanta,
GA
June
27 - June 29
Embassy
Suites Hotel at Centennial Olympic Park, 311 Marietta St., NW., Atlanta,
GA
Chicago,
IL
July
25 - July 27
Radisson
Hotel & Suites Chicago, 160 East Huron St., Chicago, IL
Dallas,
TX
August
22 - 24
Radisson
Hotel & Suites, 2330 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX


The
number of days for each hearing may change depending on the volume of requests
to testify. The hearing schedule for each site will be as follows: 9:30
a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. [an evening session(s) may be
held if necessary].

Persons
desiring to make oral comments at the hearings should submit a letter,
on or before April 7, 2000, notifying ATF of their intent to comment.
Any person unable to attend the hearings or who prefers not to present
oral comments may submit written (or e-mail) comments before or after
the hearings. ATF will accept written (or e-mail) comments until September
29, 2000. Written (or e-mail) comments, including comments addressing
our earlier notice on this subject (Notice No. 884), must be received
on or before September 29, 2000.

ADDRESSES:
Letter notifications for those desiring to make oral comments, and written
comments are to be submitted to: Chief, Regulations Division; Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; P.O. Box 50221; Washington, DC 20091-0221;
ATTN: Notice No. 892. Submit e-mail comments to: nprm@atf.gov.
E-mail comments must contain your name, mailing address, and e-mail address.

For further
information, refer to the February 28, 2000, issue of the Federal Register,
contact ATF's Public Information Division at (202) 927-8500, or visit
the ATF web site at www.atf.treas.gov.