Further delays - where to now?
On 20 March 2020 the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation met to decide the fate of the new mandatory alcohol pregnancy warning labels developed and endorsed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
Disappointingly, a decision was made to further delay the introduction of mandatory pregnancy health warning labels on all alcoholic products.
The decision to further delay the introduction of this life-saving and much needed label is the result of the alcohol industry’s relentless pressure to keep the community in the dark about health harm from alcohol use during pregnancy.
The alcohol industry will never say that there is a right time to put a strong health warning on its products because it doesn’t want the community to know about the real risks of harm that alcohol can cause during pregnancy.
FSANZ has now been charged with further review of the proposed mandated label over the next three months.
We will continue to advocate for a pregnancy warning label that is clear, visible and trusted, which will give future generations the best start in life.
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