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What's not on the bottle? State of play of alcohol labelling in the EU (10.09.2014) Brussels

On the 10th September in the European Parliament (Brussels) public health experts called on the European Commission to make changes to alcohol labelling legislation and allow consumers to make truly informed choices.

When a consumer drinks alcohol, it is almost 100% certain that they do not know what they are drinking, unless they are determined enough to search on the company’s website.

In 2011 the European institutions passed legislation[1] that requires food and soft drinks including fruit juice and milk to label nutritional information and ingredients.

However, alcoholic beverages were exempted from this obligation.

It is really perplexing that European decision makers refused consumers their right to know what is in their drinks by excluding alcoholic drinks from this legislation.

The European Commission is obliged to produce a report on the matter by December this year (2014).

This event looked at the rational of alcohol labelling, the link between alcohol and healthy diet and recent developments in area of alcohol labelling.

The event was kindly hosted by MEP Glenis Willmott (S&D, UK), it took place in the European Parliament (Brussels)

For event summary please click on the icon below

Event Summary What\'s not on the bottle 10 September 2014 : 576.58 kB

Programme and Presentations

  • Opening speech by MEP Glenis Willmott
  • Alcohol labelling an underused way to empower consumers
    Lars Moller, World Health Organisation, Europe
    WHO presentation for website : 777.32 kB
  • Alcohol and diet: Consumers right to know
    Ilaria Passarani, Head of the Food and Health, European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
    BEUC Power Point Presentation - Alcohol Labelling : 807.12 kB
  • Labelling: consumer information and better regulation for the EU- European Commission perspective
    Philippe Roux, Head of Unit, DG SANCO C4
  • Future work on European drinking guidelines
    Mariann Skar (update RARHA) European Alcohol Policy Alliance
    MS - dinking guidelines EP 10.9 : 1.46 MB