Peter Rice, Chair of SHAAP, comments on Diageo’s plan to include alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve on their labeling - 20thMarch 2015
“Although I welcome any step in the right direction this is clearly a very limited move from Diageo, who will be aware that health campaigners have been calling for ingredient labelling, health impact messages and nutritional information on alcohol products to bring them into line with other products.”
“It’s disappointing to see that their action is restricted to only one of these requirements. This action after several years of discussion shows the limitations of self-regulation and highlights the need for mandatory guidelines to ensure that consumers are properly informed. What we need to see are clear labels that inform the consumer of the dangers that alcohol poses, alongside a full list of ingredients. This will only happen if we can put in place a legal framework that will ensure that all alcohol sold has a clear warning about what is in the bottle.”
The European Commission is set to publish a report examining whether all alcoholic beverages should be required to list nutrition information in line with other food and drinks categories. The paper was scheduled to be published in mid-December 2014, but due to internal factors, the Commission has not yet begun the report.