Action Alert: Urge Feds to Improve Alcohol Beverage Labeling
On December 16, CSPI, the National Consumers League, and 67 other organizations sent a petition to the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB; formerly the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) requesting a new rule to improve mandatory label information on alcoholic beverages.
Petitioners seek to overcome consumer ignorance of calories and ingredients in the drinks they consume. Consumers are often confused about the source of the alcohol in some of those drinks (e.g., flavored malt beverages). Because of inconsistent requirements regarding the labeling of alcohol content, they may be unaware of the different "serving sizes" for different drinks, for example, a regular beer versus a malt liquor product. Today's alcoholic-beverage labels help perpetuate this ignorance and can only help fuel the obesity epidemic and other serious health and safety problems related to alcohol consumption.
What the Petition Asks:
The petition asks TTB to issue a rule that would require that labels of all alcoholic beverages regulated by TTB include the following information in a standardized format:
What You Can Do to Help:
While we are hopeful that TTB will develop a proposed rule based on our petition, which would then be open for public comment, further encouragement from consumers is needed. If you support our efforts to provide consumers of alcoholic beverages with clear, consistent, and helpful information, please consider weighing in now with the TTB. Supporters should write to the TTB and urge them to begin rulemaking on this issue.
Send your letters, faxes and emails to:
Arthur Libertucci, Administrator
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
US Department of the Treasury
January 29, 2004
For more information, please contact Amy Gotwals, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Alcohol Policies Project
1220 L St. NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-332-9110 * Fax: 202-265-4954 * Web: www.cspinet.org/booze