Alcohol labels in the spotlight

Alcohol labels in the spotlight

Members of the European Parliament have voted to support clearer labelling on ready-to-drink (RTD) alcoholic beverages to make clear that they contain alcohol.

The Parliament approved the measure yesterday (16 June) in a first reading of European Commission proposals for food and nutrition labelling. Further votes by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers will be held at a later date.

MEPs also agreed that alcoholic drinks should be exempt from nutrition labelling rules that they want made compulsory for food, soft drinks and juices.

The Parliament also voted for guidance to be included in the final labelling legislation that retailers should always sell and store RTDs separately from soft drinks.

For more on yesterday's vote, click here.