No safe level - Mandatory alcohol warning labels

13-Mar-2020

 

We have previously reported on the import issue of mandatory pregnancy warning labels on alcohol.

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation has launched a campaign to make sure that effective mandatory pregnancy warning labels get over the line.

After significant consultation and review, effective warning labels have finally been submitted by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) for approval by Health and Food Ministers in Australia and New Zealand.

On 17 February Ministers were given 60 days to decide whether to approve FSANZ’s recommendation.

Ministers (Forum on Food Regulation) will be meeting on 20 March to discuss this and may vote on whether to support the label proposed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

Since this announcement, there has been increased lobbying by the alcohol industry to the Ministers across Australia, all in an effort to protect their profits by keeping Australians and New Zealanders in the dark about the dangers of using alcohol while pregnant.

There is a chance they will succeed in watering down the warning.

The campaign is a last chance opportunity for you to show your support to the Ministers in NSW who are making the decision. Ministers need to know they have public backing for the most effective option.

A majority vote is needed - the numbers are tight, and a few key states are wavering.

It is important that people let their State ministers know that any move away from the FSANZ recommendation for warning labels would be a decision to subjugate public health to industry profits.

FARE has asked ASMOF if we could provide members with some resources and ask you to consider what action you could take.

The resources are speaking points  and a template letter that you are welcome to change/send/distribute.

Background Speaking Points Background Speaking Points (27 KB)

Alcohol Labelling Letter Alcohol Labelling Letter (29 KB)


FARE also have a more general campaign that it would be great if you could distribute and sign https://fareaustralia.good.do/campaign/pregnancywarninglabel/.