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Pregnancy warning labels NZ

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Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) FSANZ has prepared Proposal P1050 to consider changing the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to require a pregnancy warning label on packaged alcoholic beverages. A public call for submissions on the proposed approach for pregnancy warning labels was released on 4 October 2019 and closed on 27 October 2019. The FSANZ Board is now expected to consider approval of the proposal in late January 2020 and it could pass into law by April 2020 Under the proposal, a new warning for alcohol bottles would consist of a graphic showing a silhouette of a pregnant woman drinking and red text that says: “Health warning: any amount of alcohol can harm your baby.” If approved by the federal government, the new label will be mandatory on all bottles of alcohol with a volume of 200 millilitres or more, with smaller bottles to carry only the silhouette.

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