European Union: Nutritional Labeling For Alcoholic Beverages

| European Union | Alcoholic Beverages | Nutrition
Posted By: Aleksa Soldatic


On March 12, 2018,  the alcoholic beverage industry submitted a self-regulatory proposal to the Commission and presented it to Commissioner Andriukaitis.

One year ago, the  European Commission adopted a report to the European Parliament and the Council regarding the mandatory labeling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration of alcoholic beverages. This report is based on data collected by the Commission through Member States and stakeholders consultations.

There are several proposals:

  • The nutrition information and the list of ingredients of alcoholic products will be provided to consumers off-label and/or on label where information provided off label will be easily accessible from the label itself, either by a web-link, a QR code, a bar code or through other direct means using smart technologies.
  • When informing consumers about the nutrition information, food business operators responsible for the food information may limit the declaration to the energy value only, as allowed by Article 30.4 of Regulation (EU) 1169/2011.
  • The energy value or the full nutrition declaration will be provided in line with requirements set out in Regulation (EU) 1169/2011, which lays down that this should be provided per 100ml but also allows the possibility to additionally provide the information per portion.

The proposal will be assessed by the Commission.

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