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Health advisory labels on alcoholic beverages

(March 2017)

In 2006 FSANZ received an application (A576) to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to require health advisory statements on the labels of packaged alcoholic beverages.

The Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (now part of the New Zealand Health Promotion Agency) sought the amendment to advise women of the risks of drinking alcohol when planning to become pregnant and during pregnancy.

See information about Application A576.

Work on Application A576 has been deferred until late 2017 at the request of the Applicant. The delay is due to the overlap of the Application with Recommendation 25 from the Independent Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy. See information about the Labelling Review.

Recommendation 25 from the Labelling Review states:

That a suitably worded warning message about the risks of consuming alcohol while pregnant be mandated on individual containers of alcoholic beverages and at the point of sale for unpackaged alcoholic beverages, as support for ongoing broader community education.

Read the update on this recommendation by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation.

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