The bill would require alcohol products to carry warning labels for consumers

The bill would require alcohol products to carry warning labels for consumers

The Irish Wine Association has attacked a government proposal to add cancer-warning labels to alcohol products.

The group, which represents wine importers and distributors in Ireland, today branded the labelling proposal a "draconian measure" that would devastate the industry. "The labelling changes proposed in the bill will mean less choice for consumers, an increase in business costs and it could lead to higher prices," the IWA said.

Ireland's Public Health Alcohol Bill, which contains the labelling measures as well as proposals for minimum unit pricing, is due back in Ireland's Senate tomorrow. It passed the Senate's committee stage last month.

The IWA said the proposal would effectively require an "Irish-only" label for all alcohol products sold in Ireland. The association said wine importers and producers would view printing a label specific for the Irish market as "a logistical nightmare".

"Ireland is a relatively small market and making special accommodations for such a small market is both costly and inefficient," the IWA said. "This will make Ireland an unviable market to export wine to."

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