What's in the Wine? A History of FDA's Role

August 2002

Issue: 57 Food and Drug Law Journal 545-572 (2002)

For those who wonder why wine bottles do not display ingredient labeling and nutrition facts, this article will explain the relevant jurisdictional conflict in which the consumer-friendly Food and Drug Administration lost to the industry-friendly Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In the Brown-Forman case, the judge refused to harmonize the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, although congressional intent was to the contrary, as evident from this article's analysis of legislative history, contemporary whiskey politics, and court and regulatory decisions.


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