THE BRIEF: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMERS, IRRESPONSIBLE VOTERS
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The European Commission has finally presented its proposal on nutrition labels for alcohol. After a two-year delay, it handed the alcohol industry an extra year to come up with a “self-regulatory” proposal.
The European Consumer Organisation said that a pint of beer is just as loaded with calories as a chocolate bar. The Commission says tackling obesity is high on its political agenda. So why the delay?
Unlike with other foods, alcohol producers are not required to include a list of ingredients and nutrition facts on bottles. But now the Commission says there is a need for EU citizens to know what’s in the booze they drink.
Cigarette packets point out health risks. Responsible EU consumers are expected to make responsible choices. Same with sunbeds, which, according to the Commission, are carcinogenic.