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 to consider changing the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) to require a pregnancy warning label on packaged alcoholic beverages.
Call for submissions
A public call for submissions on the proposed approach for pregnancy warning labels was released on 4 October 2019 and closed on 27 October 2019. Consultation documents and submissions received by FSANZ are available below.
Next steps – updated
is continuing to progress its assessment of the proposal
in accordance with updated timelines in the FSANZ Work Plan.
FSANZ Board is now expected to consider approval of the proposal in late January
2020. Subject to the FSANZ Board approving a draft variation to the Code, FSANZ
will notif the Forum. If the Forum does not
request a review, gazettal of the variation to the Code would be expected in April
Related documents and pages
P1050 Submissions [ZIP 82.1 MB]
P1050 Late Submissions [ZIP 2.69 MB]
Call for submissions – 4 October 2019 (pdf 1.8 mb) | (word 976 kb)
Submitters are asked to use this template.
Administrative Assessment (pdf 222 kb) | (word 63 kb)