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GENOA, OH (Toledo News Now) -
agencies and businesses are affected by the government shutdown, but the
distribution of alcohol is one affected area that has caught many by surprise.
think I was in denial for the first 12 hours, or 24 hours, because I was like, ‘I'm
glad this is not going to affect me.' And I think I said that out loud," said
Brian Pearson, owner of Pearson and Pearson, a local full-service alcohol and
does strike home that you have a small company in Genoa that is really being
affected by this government shutdown, in an industry that people don't even
understand this is regulated," he said.
Without the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) operating,
Pearson cannot get certain flavors and formulas in his products approved, and
he cannot get labels approved. Certain projects are now on hold, costing
Pearson more than just thousands of dollars.
have right now, like I said, three or four projects in with [the TTB] right now,
and each one of those are relative to those kinds of numbers," he said.
says the TTB was already behind on approvals before the shutdown, and he's
concerned about just how long it may take for product and labeling approvals to
not necessarily worried about the government reopening; we all believe it's
going to reopen," he said. "It's going to be the ripple effect of how are they going
to catch up in our industry that's already exploding."