Biodiesel blend labels available online

By | September 16, 2008
Complying with the new biodiesel pump labeling requirements is easy with The official labels are available for $1 on the Web site. Starting Dec. 16, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will require these labels to be displayed on all retail biodiesel pumps selling a B5 or higher blend.

"We've made it easy for fuel retailers to get the FTC-approved labels and pump-labeling kits," said Doug Whitehead, NBB director of operations. "The ease of online ordering and low cost are important to help retailers meet the FTC requirements."

In June, the FTC released the final ruling on biodiesel pump labeling. Biodiesel labels have a specific Pantone Matching System blue background and contain the words "Biodiesel Blend." Two approved biodiesel labels are standard orders on The first is for blends between 5 percent and 20 percent and the second is for B100. If a retailer has a blend between 21 percent and 99 percent, a custom order can be placed on The FTC does not require retailers to disclose the presence of 5 percent or less biodiesel or biomass-based diesel in a fuel blend.

Biomass-based diesel will not use the "BX" blend designation and must spell out the blend percentage using the number and the percentage sign. This is good news for biodiesel producers because the biodiesel terminology will not be confused with other types of fuel.

In addition to the approved FTC labels and pump labeling kits, has in-depth information regarding compliance with FTC rules. It is also a source for clothing, bumper stickers and brochures that fuel retailers can use to promote biodiesel and educate customers on its benefits.
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