Ireland To Label Alcoholic Drinks With Health Warnings

By Dave Simpson
Ireland To Label Alcoholic Drinks With Health Warnings

Ireland will introduce mandatory health labelling of alcoholic drinks, warning of the links to cancer, liver disease and the risk of drinking while pregnant.

To Take Effect In Three Years To Give Businesses Time To Prepare

The new regulations, which were signed into law by health minister Stephen Donnelly on Monday 22 May, will take effect in three years to give businesses time to prepare for the change. It will also alert consumers to the calorie and alcohol content.

Intended To Be More Comprehensive

Other countries include warnings on alcohol products, but Ireland's regulations are intended to be more comprehensive.

"Designed To Give...A Better Understanding Of The Alcohol Content And Health Risks"

"This law is designed to give all of us as consumers a better understanding of the alcohol content and health risks associated with consuming alcohol," said Donnelly.

"First Country In The World To Take This Step"

"I welcome that we are the first country in the world to take this step," said Donnelly.


Into Line With Other Food And Drink Products

He said the law would bring alcohol packaging into line with other food and drink products, which already contain health information and warnings.

Concerns And Unfavourable Opinions

The move has led several of Ireland's major trading partners to raise concerns with the European Commission. Nine EU members, including France, have submitted unfavourable opinions in response to the plans.

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