The Australian and New Zealand governments advise women not to consume any alcohol during pregnancy. Exposure of the fetus to alcohol can cause a range of physical, cognitive, behavioural and neurodevelopmental disabilities, collectively known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is preventable by avoiding alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
At the October 2018 meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) FSANZ was asked to consider mandatory pregnancy warning labelling on packaged alcoholic beverages. Read the communique from the meeting.
In asking FSANZ to do this work, Ministers noted pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages can raise awareness and prompt discussions about the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. Warning labels may also support the establishment of cultural norms in relation to pregnant women not drinking alcohol.
Read more about the background of this work on the Food Regulation Secretariat website
In response to the request from Ministers, FSANZ has prepared Proposal P1050.
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