MEP wants calorie labels on alcoholic drinks

16 July, 2013

Labour’s European spokesperson for health has called for alcoholic drinks to feature calorie labels.  

A new EU law comes into force next year forcing all food packaging to contain nutritional information, and East Midlands MEP Glenis Willmott wants it to be extended to alcoholic drinks.

She said: “The fact a medium glass of white wine contains roughly the same number of calories as a chocolate bar might make people think twice before having a second glass.

“When consumers buy orange juice they have all the facts and figures about the ingredients and nutritional values, but for alcoholic beverages there is no information at all, unless retailers take voluntary measures.

“Consumers expect and deserve to be informed about what they are buying and I don't see any reason why alcohol should be treated differently.”

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