Guideline labelling’s welcome return leaves open question

Health minister gives UK the alcohol industry until September to introduce health guideline labelling

So it is welcome news that the government is pressing for the official guidelines to return in September (see video), albeit two years after they were quietly dropped.

I have joined calls for official health guidelines to appear on all alcoholic drinks labels since revealing that they had been dropped from the UK’s voluntary code in my reporting in late 2017.

It seems extraordinary that robust, scientific information about the safe consumption of a product could ever omitted from packaging, so undermining our right to make informed choices as consumers.

If official health guidelines do reappear on labels in September, as the government hopes, some can be forgiven for looking back and wondering whether self-regulation is an effective way to safeguard consumers?

The responsibility for such concerns about the current system of regulation lies with the alcohol industry. ■