In December 2011, Australian and New Zealand Food and Health Ministers decided to place the alcohol industry in charge of developing and implementing their own health warning labels. It's no surprise that the result has been nothing short of a joke.
To date, only a small proportion of alcohol products carry the industry's labels and when the label is applied, it's barely noticeable.
Food and Health Ministers indicated that after two years they would move to regulating a pregnancy health warning label. However, eight months later there has been no mention of how the Government intends to do this.
We need to ensure that that the Government keeps to its word by letting them know that labelling is too important to be left in the hands of the alcohol industry.
It's time to make some noise so the Government stands up to the powerful alcohol industry lobby group.
We’re aiming to get as many signatures on the petition as possible, and send it on to the Hon Catherine King MP, Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council.