Alcohol producers, please note:
In October 2018, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) met and agreed that: “a mandatory labelling standard for pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages should be developed and should include a pictogram and relevant warning statement. The Forum requested Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) develop this mandatory labelling standard as a priority and that the work be completed expeditiously.”
FSANZ has now (17 February 2020) provided advice that they have notified Ministers responsible for food regulation of its decision to approve an amendment to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) to require a pregnancy warning label on packaged alcoholic beverages sold in Australia and New Zealand…Ministers have 60 days following notification to either request a review or not of the decision to amend the Food Standards Code. If a review is not requested, the amendment to the Code will be gazetted in Australia and New Zealand and become law.
DrinkWise will provide an update on this page once a decision has been made. Further information can be found on the FSANZ website.REGISTER