Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Chair, International Agreements Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to schedule a date for the launch of the alcohol calorie labelling consultation.

Photo of Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Chair, International Agreements Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure consumer health awareness on alcohol product labels by way of (1) the Chief Medical Officers’ low-risk drinking guidelines, and (2) other health-promoting means, such as (a) ingredient, and (b) calorie, listing.

Photo of Lord Kamall Lord Kamall The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We have announced the intention to consult on whether to introduce mandatory calorie labelling on prepacked alcohol and alcohol sold in on-trade businesses such as pubs and restaurants. The consultation will also seek views on whether the provision of the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines should be mandatory or continue on a voluntary basis. Respondents may also suggest additional labelling requirements for consideration, such as ingredient listing. The consultation will launch in due course.

The Department continues to promote the low risk drinking guidelines through public health messaging, including the ‘Better Health’ campaign and the Drink Free Days app.

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