Alcoholic Beverages: Calorie Labelling Must be Made Compulsory
Published By : 01 Apr 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday called for a meeting of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee and passed a resolution regarding the listing of ingredients and nutritional information on alcoholic beverages. The committee also stated that they wanted a warning printed that cautioned consumers regarding the dangers and fatalities of drinking when pregnant and of drunk driving.
The European Union’s Regulation on Food Information to Consumers (FIC) currently covers food and beverages in the region. However, beverages with alcohol content of more than 1.2% ABV are not part of this and are therefore exempted from printing nutritional listings or ingredients.
This new resolution has already had an impact on major alcoholic brands such as SAB Miller, Heineken, Diageo, AB InBev, and The Brewers of Europe who have all incorporated the changes and included more details on their alcoholic beverages. For instance, Diageo has decided to display nutritional information as well as ingredients per serving.
Spirits Europe has expressed its agreement and the efforts that are being undertaken to control underage consumption of alcohol and to moderate risky drinking habits. However, it states that the reference point as used by the Food Information to Consumers (FIC) of 100ml is not entirely appropriate in the case of every alcoholic beverage.
The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee wants that the plans for displaying ingredient listings and calorie content on alcoholic drinks be tabled by 2016 by the European Commission. They have said that this kind of labelling and listings will help consumers all over to properly understand the meaning and effects of responsible consumption of alcohol.