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What is not on the bottle: Alcohol Labelling Policies to protect young people. 17 March 2011

Seminar Hosted by MEP: Alyn Smith (Greens/EFA)
European Parliament, 17 March 2011

Co-organised by and Eurocare CRIOC

Pick up just about any beverage on the store shelves and you'll find on the packaging information about the calories, ingredients... etc. Unless, that is, the beverage is alcohol. In 2011, it's inexcusable that alcohol is still the only product sold in the European Union for which you cannot tell what is inside. Do consumers deserve more information?

Furthermore, alcohol is one of the leading risk factors for death and ill health in the EU, especially among young people. Should health information and warning labels be introduced on all alcoholic beverages in order to allow consumers to make more informed decisions about their drinking?

The seminar brought together over 100 representatives from the EU Institutions, NGO sector, industry and public health experts to discuss the potential impact of alcohol labelling, its advantages and drawbacks as well as the actions which could be put in place in Europe. (View List of Participants)

-Click here to watch the video of the seminar.

-See here the final Seminar Report

-You can also see pictures from the Seminar.

PROGRAMME and presentations

-The need to PROTECT young people. Prof. Peter Anderson, Maastricht University (UK)
-What young people think about labels. Edita Petrauskaite. Lithuanian national consumers federation
-Overview of existing labels. Walter Farke, Catholic University of Applied Sciences
-What information should be on the bottle?. Dr. Nick Sheron. Royal College of Physicians
-EU Commission input.Michael Hübel, Head of Unit for Health Determinants at DG SANCO
-Debate