Schumer: Feds move to speed wine bottle labeling
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal government is taking an important step to simplify the process of approving labels for New York wines.
Schumer has been pressing the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this summer to clear up a labeling logjam. Dozens of New York's 300-plus wineries say getting approval for new labels is sometimes taking months instead of days.
Schumer says Tuesday the agency has agreed to immediately begin approving template labels for custom winemakers. Wineries have complained they need approval each time they made small changes to artwork or names on labels designed for special events like weddings or birthdays.
Over the last decade, the agency says its staff has been reduced by budget cutbacks while label-approval applications from wineries nationwide have almost doubled.
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