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CPG Sec. 510.100 Beverage Bases



In an issuance identified as TC-215, dated March 21, 1940, we stated:

There would appear to be no objection to designation as a beverage base of a preparation to be mixed with sugar and water to make a beverage, provided the name is accompanied by a conspicuous statement to the effect that the article is to be used with sugar. As you know, there are on the market complete beverage bases, that is, articles to which it is necessary to add only water to make a finished beverage. The purchaser should be able to readily distinguish, by means of the name or accompanying statement, between such articles and those to which sugar must be added by the purchaser before beverages can be made from them.


We consider the designation "beverage base" acceptable as the common or usual name required by section 403(i)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and to specify the identity of an article as required by section 4(a)(1) of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, provided: the article is one to which only water need be added to make a finished beverage. If ingredients other than water must be added to make the beverage, the name is accompanied by a conspicuous statement concerning the ingredient or ingredients which must be added.

Issued: 12/3/73
Reissued: 10/1/80
Revised: 11/1/88