Mandatory pregnancy health warning labels on alcohol: Listen to the experts not the industry

James A. Smith, Natasha Reid, Nicole Hewlett, Heather D’Antoine, Louise Gray, Elizabeth Elliott

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Abstract

On 17 July 2020, Ministers on the Forum of Food Regulation will have the opportunity to approve pregnancy health warning labels on alcohol that have been developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Labelling is one important evidence-based strategy to prevent the harms of alcohol use during pregnancy. Consumption of alcohol during pregnancy can be harmful to both the mother and foetus, necessitating an assertive health promotion and prevention response.1-4 Preventable harms of alcohol include Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, pregnancy and birth complications, birth defects and developmental, learning and physical health problems.1, 5-8. In this editorial, we focus our attention on the harms associated with FASD. However, the other harms mentioned above are equally important and coalesce to emphasise why pregnancy health warning labels on alcohol are important.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-329
Number of pages3
JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • warning labels
  • pregnancy health
  • alcohol
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
  • Labelling
  • evidence-based strategy

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