A coalition of consumer groups sued the US Treasury Department last week to compel a decision on mandatory alcohol content, calorie, ingredient, and allergen labelling on alcoholic drinks after a 19-year wait.
“We are hopeful that rather than challenging this lawsuit, the defendants will work with us to determine a mutually acceptable date for the Tobacco and Trade Bureau to provide a final response to the Citizen Petition,” a Center for Science in the Public Interest’s lawyer told Alcohol Review.
“Consumers have a right to know what’s in the beverages they drink, whether those beverages are alcoholic or not … Standard labelling requirements are commonsense..,” said Thomas Gremillion, director of food policy at Consumer Federation of America, another consumer coalition member.
“CSPI deserves much applause for trying to fix this situation and for its patience. We need something a lot better than this,” wrote
long time nutrition and public health campaigner Marion Nestle.
The Treasury has until December 12th to respond, but may request an extension, Alcohol Review was told.