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European Commission's Proposals On Whisky Labelling


21st March 2017
The Scotch Whisky industry has welcomed the European Commission's invitation on whisky labelling.

Talisker and Lagavulin whisky alcohol and nutrition content. Will we soon see this info on the whisky label?

The European Commission has adopted a report on the mandatory labelling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration for alcoholic beverages.

Following the conclusions of the report, the Commission has decided to invite the alcoholic beverages' industry to develop, within a year, a self-regulatory proposal aiming to provide information on ingredients and nutrition of all alcoholic beverages.

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety,Vytenis Andriukaitis said: "This report supports the right of people in the European Union to be fully informed about what they drink. Moreover, it does not identify any objective grounds justifying the absence of the list of ingredients and nutrition information on alcoholic beverages. The expansion of voluntary initiatives from the sector has already been ongoing and is brought to the fore in the report".

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed the European Commission's invitation to the alcoholic beverages' industry to develop, within a year, a self-regulatory proposal aiming to provide information on ingredients and nutrition information of all alcoholic beverages.

The Scotch Whisky Association said it will study the European Commission's proposals on the labelling of alcoholic beverages and consult with its members.

The SWA also said that the Scotch Whisky industry supports providing consumers with relevant and useful information. There is a commitment to providing calorie information to consumers, but this must be done in a meaningful way.

Julie Hesketh-Laird, Scotch Whisky Association acting chief executive, said: "The SWA welcomes the Commission's invitation for the alcoholic drinks industry to set out a self-regulatory way forward. We believe that Scotch Whisky should be consumed in a responsible manner, as part of a balanced diet. It is right that consumers have the information they need to make choices that fit with a healthy lifestyle, including calorie intake. The Scotch Whisky industry is therefore happy to provide meaningful information in a format that is simple to understand and linked with actual serving sizes, supporting consumer choice."

I do wonder if the use of E150a caramel colouring will now have to be declared on the label in all countries in Europe and not just countries like Germany.
 

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