Energy labelling of alcoholic beverages

Page last updated: 06 December 2017

In its response to the Labelling Logic Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy 2011, the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (now known as the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) ) stated that it supports in principle: That the energy content be displayed on the labels of all alcoholic beverages, consistent with the requirements for other food products. The Forums proposed action was to request Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to undertake further research, including discussions with industry, and complete a cost-benefit analysis to assess the full impact of implementing this recommendation. The Forum would consider the advice provided by FSANZ before a further decision was made.

Two key pieces of work were conducted, the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and the paper ‘Broader policy issues regarding energy labelling on alcoholic beverages’.

At the FRSC meeting on 1 May 2015, members noted the CBA on the impacts of mandatory energy labelling on alcoholic beverages by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. FRSC requested that further information gathering be undertaken through consultation with jurisdictions on the broader policy contexts of obesity, food labelling and drug and alcohol strategy, to inform the process.

The Australian Government Department of Health prepared a paper, ‘Broader Policy Issues regarding energy labelling on alcoholic beverages’ for discussion at the FRSC meeting on 24-25 September 2015.

At the September 2015 meeting, FRSC agreed that the issues be progressed through the new policy framework.

In September 2016, the Forum agreed that the requirements’ in the policy framework to pass through gateway one have been met and that FRSC could progress to the next phase of the policy development process, with initial targeted stakeholder consultation to be undertaken early in this next phase.

In May 2017, FRSC approved the energy labelling of alcoholic beverages targeted consultation paper and consultation plan, and agreed to the scheduled release of the targeted consultation paper in late June 2017. In addition to seeking written submissions in response to the targeted consultation paper, FRSC agreed to host a series of facilitated roundtables:

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