Food Standards Australia New Zealand considers nutrition labels for alcohol

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand considers nutrition labels for alcohol


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Aussies have largely been kept in the dark on the kilojoules and sugar hiding in their booze, but that could soon change under a proposal to consider nutrition labels on alcoholic drinks.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced on Monday that it was preparing a proposal to consider including energy labels on alcoholic drinks.

Unlike most other packaged food and drinks, packaged alcoholic beverages have been exempt from providing nutrition information on the label.

It means consumers have been limited from understanding the energy contribution – measured in kilojoules or calories – that alcohol makes to their diet.

Camera IconFood Standards Australia New Zealand is considering energy labels on alcoholic drinks. Credit: News Corp Australia

Alcohol is high in energy, providing 29.3 kilojoules per gram, according to the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting alcohol intake to assist in managing body weight given it is energy dense but nutrient poor.

FSANZ last year found consumer understanding of the energy content in beer, wine and spirits was poor.

An analysis of 22 studies showed only a minority could correctly guess a drink’s energy content (the number of kilojoules or calories) using general knowledge.

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