Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages

Exporter News | February 2020
27 Feb 2020
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Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) have approved a draft 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.

The warning label incorporates the following pictogram and wording. There are colour and sizing requirements given in the draft:

Food Ministers have 60 days following notification date (17 February 2020) to decide whether to request a review of the draft. If no review is requested, the amendment will be gazetted and become law.

The draft variation has two transitional arrangements. First, there is a general transitional arrangement (commencing when the amendment becomes law) allowing a two-year period where products may be sold with or without a pregnancy warning label. Second, there is a specific transitional arrangement where products packaged and labelled before the end of the transition period may be sold without having to display a pregnancy warning label.

Producers should be aware that this change is in the pipeline. However, until gazettal the exact requirements may change. The approval report and further information can be found on the FSANZ website here.


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