Today was the second reading of the Provision of Food Information to Consumers legislation in the European Parliament, which continues to exclude alcohol from a mandatory contents list of ingredients.

Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance), of which IAS is a member, has released a statement expressing extreme disappointment with this decision.

Marian Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare, says:

‘We are very disappointed and concerned about the exemption of alcohol from providing information to consumers. Labelling alcoholic drinks would allow consumers to make an informed choice about their diet and health.

This is a bitter reminder about the influence of the powerful industry lobbying on the politicians and their failure to give priority to interest of the people. It really makes us all wonder what is in our drinks, that the industry is so afraid to tell us’

Download the full statement here (pdf 140kb)