New Zealand notified the assessment report for P1050 – Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages in G/TBT/N/NZL/90 under Article 2.9.2 of the TBT. The final date for comment was 3 December 2019.
Following consideration of comments received a revised version of the notified draft requirements for pregnancy warning labelling on packaged alcoholic beverages sold in Australia and New Zealand has been adopted in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The instrument was gazetted on 31 July 2020 and commenced on that day. The requirements for pregnancy warning labelling enter into force on 1 August 2023.
The adopted version includes the following amendments to the draft requirements:
- The Pantone 485 colour requirement for the circle and strike- through of the pictogram and the signal words have been amended to the colour red.
- The signal words "HEALTH WARNING" have been changed to "PREGNANCY WARNING".
- The wording of the warning statement has been changed from Any amount of alcohol can harm your baby to Alcohol can cause lifelong harm to your baby.
- The application of the pregnancy warning label to each layer of packaging (when there is more than one layer of packaging) has been amended to only require the label on the outer package and the individual units.
- The transition period for implementation of the new requirements for pregnancy warning labelling was changed from two to three years from the day of gazettal.
The gazette notice is available at: https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/changes/gazette/Pages/AmendmentNo194.aspx
The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code is available at: https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/Pages/default.aspx
Downloadable labels are available at: https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/labelling/Pages/pregnancy-warning-labels.aspx