What's actually in my alcohol????
What's actually in my alcohol????
Do you know what is in the alcoholic beverages you consume? Have you, or do you know someone, who may have had an allergic reaction or alcohol-related illness to an alcoholic beverage but was not able to pinpoint its cause? As consumers, many of us scrutinize food labels, so why wouldn’t we want to do the same with alcoholic beverages?
The lack of ingredient and nutritional labeling on alcoholic products is a health crisis that needs to be addressed. The American public is consuming products that may be dangerous to their health, but there is no way to determine what is contained within the product. The Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB), which is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, regulates most alcohol products and do not require adequate labeling. The labeling required only states the percentage of alcohol in an alcoholic beverage, not the ingredients that make up the product. This is an injustice, and we must join forces and demand that this information be made available.
Did you know....
- Egg White is used to soften and polish red wine? 3
- Casein, a Milk Protein, is used to reduce color and oxidative taints in white wine? 3
- Dried Fish Bladders in powder form, known as Isinglass, it is used as a filter in the production of beer. 4
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Consumer Federation of America (CFA), and National Consumers League (NCL) say that alcohol labeling changes proposed by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TBB) ‘fall dramatically short of what is needed to truly modernize alcohol labeling’.Top of Form In a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the CSPI, CFA and NCL expressed hope that “this rulemaking will bring greater clarity and consistency to alcoholic-beverage regulation,” but also said that this proposal “falls dramatically short of what is needed to truly ‘modernize’ alcohol labeling.” 1
The organizations argue that consumers want to see alcohol content, serving size, calories, ingredients and allergen information on the labels of alcoholic beverages. “Not only do consumers want this information; the TTB needs it to fulfill its statutory obligation under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA) of 1935, which directs the TTB to ensure that alcohol labeling and advertising ‘provide the consumer with adequate information as to the identity and quality of the products’,” the groups said. But most current packaging does not reflect this. 1
Here are a few statistics:
- In 2003, the CSPI provided the TTB with survey data that suggested 89% of adults supported labelling of calorie content. The NCL, CSPI and 67 other organizations petitioned the TTB to require a Serving Facts Label akin to that used on packaged food and beverages. 1
- In 2015, of the 78,529 liver disease deaths among individuals ages 12 and older, 47.0 percent involved alcohol. 2
- An estimated 88,0008 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. 2
Please sign this petition in support of Ingredient and Nutritional Labeling on all Alcoholic Beverage Products!
1 Consumer Groups Criticize TTB Modern Alcohol Labels https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2019/02/26/Consumer-groups-criticize-TTB-modern-alcohol-labels
2 Alcohol Facts and Statistics https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-facts-and-statistics
3 Summary of Fining Agent Use https://www.winebusiness.com/tools/?go=winemaking.calc&cid=51
4 The Fishy Ingredient in Beer that Bothers Vegetarians https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-37350233