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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS

27 CFR Parts 4, 5 and 7

[Notice No. 873; Re: Notice No. 872]

RIN 1512-AB89

Prohibition of Certain Alcohol Beverage Containers and
Standards


of Fill for Distilled Spirits and Wine (98R-452P)

AGENCY: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF),
Department of


the Treasury.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: This notice extends the comment period for
Notice No. 872, a


notice of proposed rulemaking, published in the Federal
Register on


February 9, 1999. ATF has received a request to extend
the comment


period in order to provide sufficient time for all interested
parties


to respond to the issues raised in the notice.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before
May 10, 1999.

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ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Chief, Regulations
Division,


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, P.O. Box 50221,
Washington, DC


20091-0221, [Attention: Notice No. 872].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William H. Foster,
Regulations


Division, (202) 927-8210, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms, 650


Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20226. You
may also write


questions by e-mail to whfoster@atf.gov.
ATF will not


accept comments on the proposal that are submitted to
this address.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On February 9, 1999, ATF published a notice of proposed
rulemaking


(NPRM) in the Federal Register soliciting comments from
the public and


industry on a proposal to amend the regulations to clarify
the


standards of fill for distilled spirits and wine. This
notice also


proposed regulations to prohibit certain alcohol beverage
containers


that are likely to mislead consumers as to the identity
or character of


the distilled spirits, wine, or malt beverage products
or are likely to


be confused with other (non-alcohol) food products.
The comment period


for Notice No. 872 closes on April 12, 1999.


However, ATF received a request from the National
Association of


Beverage Importers, Inc. (NABI) to extend the comment
period an


additional 30 days. NABI, representing the companies
that import most


of the alcohol beverages brought into the United States,
stated that


additional time was needed for it to obtain information
from its


members and foreign counterparts in order to prepare
the association's


comments.


In consideration of the above, ATF finds that an
extension of the


comment period is warranted and the Bureau is, therefore,
extending the


comment period until May 10, 1999.

Disclosure

Copies of Notice No. 872 and written comments will
be available for


public inspection during normal business hours at: ATF
Reference


Library, Room 6480, 650 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington,
DC.

Drafting Information

The author of this document is Nancy M. Kern, Regulations
Division,


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

List of Subjects

27 CFR Part 4

Advertising, consumer protection, customs duties
and inspections,


imports, labeling, packaging and containers, and wine.

27 CFR Part 5

Advertising, consumer protection, customs duties
and inspections,


imports, labeling, liquors, and packaging and containers.

27 CFR Part 7

Advertising, beer, consumer protection, customs
duties and


inspection, imports, and labeling.

Authority and Issuance

This notice is issued under the authority contained
in 26 U.S.C.


5368, 5301, 7805; 27 U.S.C. 205.

Signed: April 6, 1999.


John W. Magaw,


Director.


[FR Doc. 99-8993 Filed 4-9-99; 8:45 am]


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