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Alcohol Labelling, 2018


Event presented views of the key stakeholders in the debate and encouraging more actions from public authorities as well as economic operators.

On labelling, the alcohol industry has enjoyed preferential treatment dating back to 1978.

EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers has made considerable changes to the food labelling legislation, demanding that all foodstuffs display ingredients and nutritional values on their packaging.

Unfortunately, it has exempted alcoholic beverages (containing more than 1,2% by volume) from the obligation to provide information to consumers - listing its ingredients and providing nutritional information.Last March, the European Commission (EC) published its report on alcohol labelling, as required by Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011.

The EC found no objective grounds to justify the continued absence of ingredients or nutritional information on alcoholic beverages (with greater than 1.2% ABV), nor differentiated treatment for some alcoholic beverages, such as ‘alcopops’.

The report gave alcohol producers one year to deliver a self-regulatory proposal that covers all alcoholic beverages.
This March, the alcohol industry produced a proposal which does not meet consumers’ expectations.