UPDATE: On 11 October 2018, members of the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, voted to develop a mandatory labelling standard for pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages.

The Ministers requested Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)  develop an independent, effective, consumer-tested labelling standard.

The decision flags the end of the failed voluntary scheme, which has seen six years of delay and obstruction by the alcohol industry.

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with a range of adverse consequences including miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weights and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The introduction of an effective mandatory alcohol pregnancy warning message will help ensure Australians are better informed of those dangers.

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FARE acknowledges Pinnacle Drinks, Capital Brewing Company, Brown-Forman Corporation, Carlton & United Breweries, Lion Pty Ltd, Diageo, Asahi Premium Beverages, Casella Family Brands, Moët Hennessy Australia Pty. Ltd, Tahblik, and Shingleback Wines, for the purposes of the Copyright Act.

For more information, please contact the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education at 02 61228600 or info@fare.org.au