European Commission Pushes Alcohol Ingredient and Nutrition Labeling

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In a recently released report on the necessity of ingredient and nutritional labeling for alcohol beverages, the European Commission states “The list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration are key information particulars that help consumers to make more informed and healthier choices [and] in the case of alcoholic beverages, it cannot be assumed that consumers are necessarily aware of the generally various ingredients used in the production process and of their nutritional value.” While not calling for mandatory labeling at this time, the Commission has asked the industry to propose within a year, a harmonized approach providing consumers with information about the ingredients present in alcohol beverages and the nutritional value of alcohol beverages. The proposal would then be assessed by the Commission which would then rule on its acceptability.