mandatory label on wine bottles in Ireland - Corriere.it
Ireland officially the first European country to label wine as a drink that seriously damages health. in fact, the regulation that provides for the labeling of alcohol with health warnings, on the model of those already found on cigarette packets, has become law. The news comes from Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly. The law requires the labels of alcoholic products to indicate the calorie content and grams of alcohol in the product and to contain warnings about the risk of consuming alcohol during pregnancy and the risk of liver disease and fatal cancers due to alcohol consumption.
A period of transition
The law will apply after a three-year transition period, from May 22, 2026. I am delighted that we are the first country in the world to take this step and introduce comprehensive health labeling of alcohol products, Donnelly said. now for other countries to follow our example.
Ireland's alcohol labeling has drawn criticism from several EU states, including Italy, from WTO member states and from alcoholic beverage producers because it is an unjustified and disproportionate barrier to trade. The European Commission has given the go-ahead for silent assent to the Irish proposal, criticized by 13 states including Italy. The topic will be on the agenda of a meeting of the technical barriers to trade committee on 21 June. Last week, European and national associations of wine, beer and spirits producers presented official complaints to the EU Commission to open an infringement procedure against Ireland.