Ireland is set to become the first country in the world to put health warnings on alcoholic products.
Dublin’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly signed new regulations on Monday, which will warn drinkers of alcohol-related health risks alcoholas well as the calorie count of the product.
However, labels will not be mandatory until May 2026.
THE Irish The government said the regulations would bring alcoholic products in line with food packaging requirements.
Mr Donnelly said: “I am delighted that we are the first country in the world to take this step and introduce full health labeling of alcohol products.
“I look forward to other countries following our lead.”
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The labels will detail the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, life-threatening cancers and risks of liver disease.
Ireland’s plan faced protests from Italy, Spain and six other EU member states who said it could cause problems within the single market.
Coldiretti, Italy’s largest farmers’ association, called the “terrifying” warnings a “direct attack”.
“The European Union’s green light to fearmongering wine labels in Ireland sets a dangerous precedent as it risks opening the door to other legislation that could negatively influence consumer choices,” he said. declared.