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Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements by Country

The table below reviews the general information required for on-product labeling in 43 nations and the European Union. This table is intended to provide a general picture of legislated labeling regulations worldwide and is intended as a companion to the ICAP Report 20: Informing Consumers about Beverage Alcohol. (Last updated: February 2013) 

Country Basic Label Requirements Labeling of Ingredients, Additives, Allergens, or Nutrients Sources

Australia

Labels must include the following information:

Name

Lot identification

Name and address of supplier

- Date marking (if shelf life is less than two years)

- Directions for use and storage

- Allergen information

- Declaration of alcohol by volume:

- If over 1.15% alcohol, this should be expressed in mL/100mL or X% alcohol by volume

- If content is between 0.5 and 1.15%, label should state "contains not more than X% alcohol by volume"

- Labeling must be accurate to within 0.3% for beer; 1.5% for wine; and 0.5% for spirits

- Number of standard drinks per container:

- One standard drink is the amount of the beverage that contains 10 grams ethanol, measured at 20˚C. If container holds fewer than 10 standard drinks, this estimage should be accurate to one decimal place; above 10 drinks, accurate to the nearest whole number.

- Country of origin (for wine)

Alcoholic beverages in the categories beer, wine, fruit wine, and spirits are exempt from including nutrition information panels, ingredient lists, and percentage labeling of characterizing ingredient.

- Allergens:The new general food labeling provisions of the Food Standards (Volume Two) require a new mandatory declaration of certain allergenic substances.Additives and processing aids containing eggs or egg products, casein andpotassium caseinate, milk or milk products, fish or fish products, nuts, added sulphites in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more, and some other substances must be declared if any traces could remain in the final product (see Allergen Labeling, Mandatory Declaration).

- Additives: Permitted additives and processing aids for wine,sparkling wine and fortified wine are prescribed by Standard 4.5.1. Any additives not listed in the Table to Clause 3 of Standard 4.5.1 are illegal to use in Australia.Caution: Where there is no added sulphur dioxide, care must be taken in any claim that the wine is"sulphur- or preservative-free," as sulphur dioxide can be produced by yeast. "Preservative-free" should only be claimed if there is less than 10mg/L of total sulphur dioxide in the wine.

For more information, see: Australia-New Zealand Food Standards Code, Standards 4.5.1, 1.3.1, and 1.2.3, Clause 4.

Australia-New Zealand Food Standards Code:

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au

Part 2.7 of the Food Standards Code (ANZFSC) lists the requirements for alcohol beverages

Australian Wine Law: Wine Law, Winemaking and Labelling at:http://www.awbc.com.au/library/WineLaw/Wine_law_making.pdf

Austria*[1]

See European Union (EU) Regulations

See EU Regulations on Ingredients and Allergens

Additional requirements:

- Wine labels must show the origin of the wine and the amount of sugar and alcohol indicated as dry, semi-dry, sweet, or semi-sweet

- Beer labels must show the amount of flavorings in weight percentage, amount of alcohol in volume percentage, and conditions for storage

Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW):

http://www.lebensministerium.at

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Belgium*

See EU Regulations

See EU Regulations on Ingredients and Allergens

Bureau for Import and Export Licences and Agricultural Refunds (Bureau d'Intervention et de Restitution Belge):

http://www.birb.be

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Belize

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of food or beverage

- Name and address of themanufacturer

- Net contents and weight/volume

- Country of origin

- Batch/lot identification number

- Date marketing

- Storage instructions

- List of ingredients in descending order

Belize Agricultural Health Authority:

http://www.baha.bz/

Belize Customs:

http://www.customs.gov.bz

Brazil

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of product

- Beverage type (e.g., wine or beer)

- Importer name and contact information, if applicable

- Company identification number

- Country of origin

- Alcohol content

- Net volume (in metric units)

- Date of production

- List food additives

- Statement of ingredients

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA):

http://www.agricultura.com.br

Farm Ministry (Ministerio da Fazenda):

http://www.fazenda.gov.br

National Advertising Regulatory Council (Conselho Nacional de Auto-Regulamentação Publicitária, CONAR):

http://www.conar.org.br

Canada

A beverage containing 1.1% or more alcohol by volume is considered an alcohol beverage. These products must meet the labeling and compositional requirements found in Division 2 of the Food and Drug Regulations(FDR). (Note: Readers are also advised to verify provincial legislation as it may differ.)

Labels must include the following information:

- Common name:

- The common name is defined under B.01.001 and required by B.01.006 of the FDR

- Company name and address

- Net quantities in metric units

- Alcohol content by volume:

- All alcohol beverages containing 1.1% or more alcohol by volume must declare the amount of alcohol contained in the product.The alcohol content declaration must be shown as "X % alcohol by volume" or be abbreviated "X % alc./vol." [B.02.003]. Periods must follow both abbreviations

- Durable life date (if shelf life is 90 days or less)

- Country of origin

- Division 2 of the FDR identifies drinks as having a standardized composition; standardized drinks are not required to list ingredients.Non-standardized drinks must list ingredients in descending order by weight proportion.

- Nutrition facts labeling is not required for products containing more than 0.5% ABV unless a nutritional claim or any claim referring to energy benefit is made by the product.The phrase "nutrition facts," if appearing on the label, also requires a Nutrition Facts label. Unstandardized beverages containing added sweeteners are required to carry the Nutrition Facts table and meet the labeling requirements for these artificial sweeteners.

- Sulphites present in wine at a level of 10ppm or more, must be declared on the label in the ingredients list or in a separate "Contains" statement.

- Mandatory labeling is required on all wines dated 2012 and later if the protein from egg, milk, or fish allergen source is present in the finished product. The food allergens must be declared on an ingredient list or using the statement "Contains".

Canadian Food Inspection Agency:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/toce.shtml

Guide to Labeling Alcoholic Beverages:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/guide/ch10e.shtml#10.1

Chile

Labels must include the following information:

- Name and description

- Bottler name and address

- Country of origin

- Alcohol content

- Distributor name and address

- Net volume

- Ingredient lists are only required for mixed drinks (i.e., with multiple ingredients)

- Labels on wine must describe the origin, variety of grape, and year of harvest:

- At least 75% of the grapes used to produce the wine must fit the description used

- The expression "Estate Bottled" or similar expressions may be used when the wine comes from grapes grown on lands owned or rented by the vineyard and located in the same geographical area as the denomination of origin

Ministry of Agriculture
Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG):
http://www.sag.gob.cl

China

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of product

- Alcoholic strength at 20°C:

- The percentage pure alcohol in total volume or mass (this should be expressed as "Alcoholic Strength X%")

- Original extract content (e.g., malt or fruit)

- Name and address ofmanufacturer and distributor

- Date labeling and storage instructions:

- Wine and other alcohol beverages with alcoholic strength more than 10% by volume are exempt

- Net content

- Date labeling must include both date of packaging as well as durability information.

- Recommended content information:

- Includes lot number, drinking methods, and type of product (e.g., dry/sweet, sugar content, flavoring, for flavored spirits)

- List of ingredients is required (single-ingredient beverages—such as grape wine—are exempt). "Raw materials" or "Raw and auxiliary materials" are appropriate titles.Various kinds of materials and raw materials need to be listed in decreasing orderbased on the consumption in the productionprocess

- Nutrition and energy labeling is voluntary and needs to meet general food/nutrition labeling standards

USDA GAIN Report, GB-10344

China - Labeling Prepackaged Alcoholic Beverages: http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200501/146118532.doc

General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine:

http://english.aqsiq.gov.cn

Colombia

Labels must include the following information:

- Producer, importer, or bottler name and address

- Sanitary registry number (granted by INVIMA)

- Lot production Number

- Alcohol Content

- Net content (metric units only)

N/A

National Institute for the Surveillance of Food and Medicine (Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos, INVIMA):
http://www.invima.gov.co

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarollo Rural):

http://www.minagricultura.gov.co

Costa Rica

Labels must include the following information:

- Product name

- Net content in SI units (e.g., liters)

- Manufacturer name and address

- Bottler

- Distributor or importer

- Country of origin

- Lot ID must appear on each package, either written in plain language or in code

- Expiration date (for alcohol beverages with less than 10% alcohol per volume)

- Directions for use

- Sanitary registry number

- Alcohol percentage (for spirits)

- Ingredients list prefaced with the term "Ingredients"

Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud):

http://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index1.htm

Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce – oversees the National Labeling Office

(Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio):

http://www.meic.go.cr

Czech Republic*

See EU Regulations

- Additional considerations:

- For wine that is more than 3 years old, the indicated alcohol by volume percentage should not vary by greater than 0.8%

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Ministry of Agriculture,
Food Production Department:

http://www.mze.cz

Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority:

http://www.szpi.gov.cz/eng/wine

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Denmark*

See EU Regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Danish Veterinary and Food Administration(Fødevarestyrelsen):

http://www.fvst.dk

Danish Directorate for Food, Fisheries and Agribusiness(Direktoratet for Fødevare Erhverv):

http://www.dffe.dk

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Dominican Republic

Labels must include the following information:

- Food name

- Net weight by volume

- Name and address of the producer, wholesaler, importer, exporter, or retailer

- Country of origin

- Lot identification

- Minimum duration date and preserving instructions, if applicable

- List of ingredients:

- List should be given in decreasing percentages of ingredient (if water is added, it must also be indicated in the list of ingredients)

- Food additives, if any

Dirección General de Normas y Sistemas de Calidad:
http://www.seic.gov.do/digenor/index.aspx

European Union

(see also all countries marked with an asterisk, *)

Labels must include the following information:

- Name under which the product is sold:

- No trademark or brand name may substitute for the generic name, but may be used in addition

- Net quantity of pre-packaged beverage in metric units (e.g., liter, centiliter, milliliter)

- Indication of the acquired alcoholic strength:

- The labeling of beverages containing more than 1.2% by volume of alcohol must indicate the actual alcoholic strength by volume, i.e. showing the word "alcohol" or the abbreviation "alc." followed by the symbol "% vol."

- Date of minimum durability:

- This must consist of day, month, and year—in that order—and be preceded by the words "best before," "best before end," or "use by" for highly perishable goods.

- Any special conditions for keeping or use

- Name or business name and address of the manufacturer, packager, or importer established in the EU

- Place of origin or provenance

- Instructions of use, where appropriate

- Lot marking on pre-packaged beverages, with the marking preceded by the letter "L"

- According to the Commission Directive 87/250/EEC on the indicationof alcoholic strength by volume, the tolerances allowed in respect of the indication of the alcoholic strength by volume are:

- 0.5% vol. for beers having an alcoholic strength not exceeding 5.5 % vol. and beverages classified under subheading 22.07 B II of the Common Customs Tariff and made from grapes

1% vol. for beers having an alcoholic strength exceeding 5.5 % vol. and beverages classified under subheading 22.07 B I of the Common Customs Tariff and made from grapes; ciders, berries, fruit wines, and the like; beverages based on fermented honey

- 1.5 % vol. for beverages containing macerated fruit or parts of plants

- 0.3 % vol. for other beverages

Wine-specific labeling:

The following must appear on a label in a single field of vision (i.e., can be viewed without having to turn the bottle), except for the Importer’s details, the Lot number, and allergenic ingredients:

- Wine of "(country name)"

- Actual alcoholic strength

- Nominal volume

- Lot number

- Importer details:

- Must include name of importer, local administrative area, and member state, preceded by the word(s) "Importer" or "Imported by"

- Allergenic ingredients (i.e., if wine contains sulfites):

- Wine variety and vintage may not be shown on labels of wine with non-geographical origin; only wine with a proper geographical indication may display such information

- Pre-packaged foodstuffs must comply with compulsory harmonized standards on labeling and advertising:

- The details that must appear on packaging include the name under which the product is sold, potential allergens, the minimum durability date, and conditions for keeping (http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l21090_en.htm)

- In order to better inform consumers who suffer from food allergies, EU directives have established guidelines for compulsory labeling of a variety of potentially allergenic substances contained in foodstuffs. Spirit drinks are exempt (see directives 2007/68/EC,2005/26/EC, and 2000/13/EC)

 

Wine-specific labeling:

- If a wine contains more than 10 mg SO2 per liter, the label must note "contains sulfur dioxide" or "contains sulfites"

European Union Regulations:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/index_en.htm

Finland*

See EU Regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

National Product Control Agency for Welfare and Health
(Sosiaali- ja terveydenhuollon tuotevalvontakeskus, SSTV):

http://www.sstv.fi

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Maa- ja Metsätalousministeriö)

http://www.mmm.fi/english/

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

France*

See EU Regulations

- Additional considerations:

- Use of foreign names and vintage is forbidden when an equivalent French word exists (spirit names such as vodka and whiskey are acceptable)

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Centre de Renseignements Douaniers, contact:

crd-ile-de-france@douane.finances.gouv.fr

Article L3322-2 of the Code de la Sante Publique (regarding pregnancy warning labeling) is available online:

http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/imagesJOE/2006/1003/joe_20061003_0229_0016.pdf

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Germany*

See EU Regulations

- Additional considerations:

- Wine, sparkling wine, flavored wines, flavored wine beverages and cocktails, and spirits imported from non-EU countries are subject to special labeling regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung:

http://www.ble.de

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Greece*

See EU Regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Payment and Control Agency for Guidance and Guarantee Community Aid (OPEKEPE):

http://www.opekepe.gr

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Guatemala

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of the product

- Description of the product

- Physical characteristics (including ingredients)

- Net weight/volume

- Name, address, and telephone number of the distributor

- Expiration date (if applicable)

- List of ingredients and additives and the percentage of total for each

- The contents of the ingredients on labels of distilled and prepared alcohol beverages such as cocktails, cream cocktails, and punches

Organismo Internacional Regional de
Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA, a multi-national organization)

http://www.oirsa.org

Comisión Guatemalteca de Normas Guatemala Standards Commission (COGUANOR):

http://www.mineco.gob.gt

Hong Kong

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of the product or designation

- Manufacturer or packer (name and address)

- Count, weight, and volume of the product

- "Best before" or "use by" date:

- The durability period must be provided for beverages that have an alcohol strength of more than 1.2% but less than 10%

- Special instructions for use or storage if necessary

These labeling requirements are waived for alcohol beverages with ABV content below 10% (except for the durability period requirement).Wines or other beverages with alcohol content above 10% are also exempt, except for a listing of ingredients, which, if it appears, must conform to standards above

Labels may be in English, Chinese, or both.If both languages are used on a label, however, at least the name and listing of ingredients must be in both languages.

- Ingredients should be listed in descending order of weight or volume in metric units

- If an additive constitutes one of the ingredients of a food, it should be listed by its specific name or by the appropriate category

- Allergenic substances must be declared, especially those that are commonly allergenic: cereals containing gluten; crustaceans and crustacean products; eggs and egg products; fish and fish products; peanuts, soybeans, and their products; milk and milk products, including lactose; tree nuts and their products; sulfites if occurring at a concentration of 10ppm or greater

Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department:

http://www.afcd.gov.hk/eindex.html

Food and Environmental Hygiene Department:

http://www.fehd.gov.hk/indexe.html

Centre for Food Safety:

http://www.cfs.gov.hk

Hungary*

See EU Regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Hungarian Trade Licensing Office, Agriculture Section (Magyar Kereskedelmi Engedélyezési Hivatal – MKEH, Mezőgazdasági Osztály): http://www.mkeh.hu

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

India

Labels must include the following information:

- Name, trade name, or description of the product

- Net weight and gross weight

- Date markings, including shelf life of the product and/or expiration dates

- Special instructions for storage or use

- Bar codes (if applicable) are issued by EAN (European Article Numbering) at New Delhi

- Market retail price, including taxes, duties, transportation

- Distinctive batch, lot, or code number

- Month and year the product was manufactured or packed

- Ingredients must be listed in descending order of their quantity

Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Directorate General for Foreign Trade:

http://dgft.delhi.nic.in/

National Government portal:

http://india.gov.in/govt/policies.php

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

http://www.fssai.gov.in/

Ireland*

See EU Regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Food Safety Authority of Ireland:

http://www.fsai.ie

EU Regulations apply: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Italy*

See EU Regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Ministereo dell Agricoltura e Foreste):
http://www.politcheagricole.it

Ministry of Economy and Finance, Department of Treasury (Ministero delle Economia e delle Finanze, Dipartimento del Tesoro):

http://www.dt.tesoro.it/

EU Regulations apply: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Japan

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of the product

- The word "Imported" and country of origin, if applicable

- Name/address of the importer

- Alcohol content

- Container volume (listed in milliliters or liters)

- Net weight (in metric units only)

- "Best before" date

- Special instructions for use, storage, or preparation (when established by the Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare for the product or when their absence could cause confusion)

- Ingredients—other than additives—must be listed in descending order of weight percentage

- Food additives must be listed in descending order of weight on a separate line from other ingredients

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare:

http://www.mhlw.go.jp

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

http://www.maff.go.jp/soshiki/syokuhin/hinshitu/e_label/index.htm

Korea, South

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of the product

- Country of origin

- Type of product

- Importer’s name and address

- Importer’s business license number

- Date of bottling

- Alcohol percentage and product volume:

- Tolerance of +/- 0.5% with regards to accuracy of alcohol content

- Location where product may be exchanged or returned in the instance of a defective product

- Instructions for storage, if applicable

- Mode of distribution, must specify one of the three:

"Discount store sale only," "Restaurant sale only," or "Sale for home use only" (taxes on beverages vary depending on the mode of distribution)

- Name of ingredients by volume percentage

- List of food additives

Korean Food and Drug Administration:

http://www.kfda.go.kr

Mexico

Labels must include the following information:

- Name or commercial trademark of the product

- Name and address of importer

- Net contents (in metric units)

- Country of origin

- Alcohol content by percentage of total volume

- Date marking, if applicable

- Special instructions for use, storage, or handling, if necessary

- List of ingredients—preceded by the word"Ingredientes"—only on labels of prepared alcohol beverages and cocktails

- Alcohol beverages with aspartame must display on the container or label the legend, "Fenilcetonúricos: Contiene fenilalanina"

Ministry of Health (Secretaria De Salud):
http://www.gob.mx/wb/egobierno/Egob_Salud

Full text of the General Health Law is available at http://www.ordenjuridico.gob.mx/Federal/PE/APF/APC/SSA/Leyes/07021984 (1) .pdf

Netherlands*

See EU Regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Main Product Board for Agriculture (Hoofdproductschap Akkerbouw):

http://www.hpa.nl

EU Regulations apply: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

New Zealand

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of beverage type (e.g., wine, beer, and spirits)

- Name of product

- Name and business address of supplier or manufacturer in NZ or Australia

- Declaration of alcohol content by volume

- Net content:

- Must appear on the front label and be a minimum of 3.3mm high

- Standard drink measure in the total container (see Standard 2.7.1 for more information)

- Country of origin

- Date marking,if shelf-life is less than 2 years

- Special instructions for use or storage, if their absence would have adverse health consequences

- An alcoholic beverage which contains more than 1.15% alcohol by volume must not be represented as a "low-alcohol" beverage.

- Label on a package of a beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume must not include the words "non-intoxicating" or similar terms.

- Food containing alcohol must not be "represented in a form which expressly or by implication suggests that the product is a non-alcoholic confection or non-alcoholic beverage"

- Ingredient listing is only required for products not standardized in Standards 2.7.2 to 2.7.5 of the Australia-New Zealand Food Standards Code

- Where there are added sulfites in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more, allergens labeling requirements are met by claiming "Contains sulphites," without necessarily having to name the actual sulfites used

- Allergens contained in the product (e.g., egg, milk, fish, nuts, etc.) should be identified

New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA):

http://www.nzfsa.govt.nz/

Australia-New Zealand Food Standards Code:

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au

Peru

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of the product

- Name and address of manufacturer

- Importer’s name, address, and phone number, if applicable

- Sanitary registration information or number

- Net weight or volume of the content

- Date marking of viable duration

- Special instructions for use or storage, if any

- Country of origin

- Food additives and ingredients should be listed

General Environmental Health Bureau (DIGESA):

http://www.digesa.minsa.gob.pe

Philippines

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of product

- Net content

- Name and address of manufacturer/packer or distributor, including country of origin for imported products

- Name and address of Philippine importer/distributor

- Alcohol content as a percentage by volume or proof

- Lot identification

- List of ingredients used in product (in decreasing order of proportion), including additives, flavorings, and preservatives

Bureau of Food and Drugs,
Department of Health:

http://www.bfad.gov.ph

Poland*

See EU Regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Agricultural Market Agency (Agencja Rynku Rolnego):

http://www.arr.gov.pl

EU Regulations apply: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Portugal*

See EU Regulations

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

General Directorate for Inspection and Control of Food Quality (Direcção Geral de Fiscalização e Controlo da Qualidade Alimentar):

http://www.min-agricultura.pt

EU Regulations apply: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Russian Federation

Labels must include the following information:

- Product name (and type, for beer)

- Manufacturer name and address

- Trademark, if any

- Date marking (both bottling and use-by dates)

- Alcohol by volume (expressed as minimal content for beer)

- Special instructions for storage

- Reference to applicable regulatory compliance document

- Certification information

Wine-specific labeling:

- Bottling facility

- Harvest year

- Additives must be listed

- For beer, label must include information on extractability of original wort, basic source composition, major ingredients listing (determined by manufacturer), and nutritional value

- For wine, sugar content, flavors, spices, and dyes may be listed

Federal Service for Consumer Rights and Social Welfare, Ministry of Health and Social Development:

http://www.gsen.ru

All-Russian Research Institute for Certification (VNIIS):

http://www.vniis.ru

Singapore

Labels must include the following information:

- Product name

- Name and address of manufacturer, importer, packer, and distributor

- Country of origin

- Date marking of minimum duration (expiration date)

 

Agrifood & Veterinary Authority (AVA):

http://www.ava.gov.sg

South

Africa

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of the product

- Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, seller, or importer

- Special instructions for storage or use, if applicable

- Country of origin

- Net contents (in metric units)

- Date marking

- Batch identification

All printed type should be at least 1 mm in height, or at least 4 mm for the name

- Alcohol products are exempt from nutrition labeling unless the product contains tartrazine or the label advertises a health claim

- Allergens should be indicated in ingredient listing

- Additives must be declared

- Minimum and maximum sulfur dioxide or sulfite content must be indicated

- Where listing appears, ingredients should be listed in descending order of mass

Department of Health:

http://www.doh.gov.za

Spain*

See EU Requirements

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

Ministry of Industry, Tourism, and Trade (Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio):

http://www.mcx.es/sgcomex/Agroalimentarios/default.htm

EU Regulations apply: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Sweden*

EU Regulations Apply

- Additional considerations:

- Must state the true alcoholic strength in percent by volume, as well as the minimum fluid content in milliliters

- Labels on beer should state the alcoholic strength by weight, as well as the Roman numeral "III"

- There is a general ban on the import of flavored spirits with an alcoholic strength of more the 60% by volume

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

- Additional considerations:

- If the beer contains antioxidants, dye stuffs, preservatives, or sorbitol, this must be shown on the label

Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket):

http://www.sjv.se

EU Regulations apply: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

Switzerland

Labels must include the following information:

- Name of product

- Name and address of producer and importer, if applicable

- Product designation

- Geographical indication (for wine only)

- Alcohol content or actual alcoholic strength

- Volume (in metric quantities only)

- Country of origin

- Net content

- Lot identification number (for spirits only)

- Special instructions for use or storage, if applicable

- Quantitative Ingredients Declaration (QUID) – list of ingredients

- Wine containing sulfites must declare it

Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture:

http://www.blw.admin.ch

Taiwan

Labels must include the following information:

- Brand name

- Product type

- Alcohol content (in degrees, %, % vol., or % by volume)

- Country of origin for imported products

- Names and addresses of manufacturer and importer

- Volume in metric units

- For wine and spirits, manufacturers/importers may label the year, age, or geographical indication

- Date marking of either expiration date or bottling date and shelf life date

N/A

Bureau of Food Safety,
Department of Health:

http://www.doh.gov.tw/EN/Webpage/index.aspx

National Treasury Agency:

http://www.nta.gov.tw/en/law/law_4.asp
 

Thailand

Labels must include the following information (may be done in English):

- Brand name

- Alcohol content by degree or percentage

- Quantity or volume

- Name and address of winery, factory, or importer

- Symbol of product registration when applicable

N/A

Food & Drug Administration,

Ministry of Public Health:

http://www.fda.moph.go.th/

Turkey

Labels must include the following information:

- Name and brand of product

- Name and address of producing company

- Name and address of importing company

- Production batch number and date

- Country of origin

- Net weight or volume

- Ministry of Agriculture production or import license number and date

- Special instructions for use, preparation, or storage

- Special warnings, if applicable

- Alcohol content as a percentage (if the product contains more than 1.2 percent alcohol)

- In addition to those listed above, wine labels must contain the following:

- Name of winery

- Vintage year

- Color

- Variety

- All labels must include a label of ingredients and additives; for wine this must include the concentrations of the ingredients

General Directorate of Protection and Control (Koruma ve Kontrol Genel Müdürlüğü):

http://www.kkgm.gov.tr

United Kingdom*

See EU Requirements

- Additional considerations:

- Labels must be in British English

- Packaging must show the number of standard alcohol units contained

See under EU Regulations for Ingredients and Allergens

EU Regulations apply:

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l32005_en.htm

USA

Labels must include the following information:

- Brand name of product

- Class or type of product

- Alcohol content expressed as percent alcohol by volume

- Name and address of bottler or packer and importer, if applicable

- Net contents

- Country of origin for any imported products

Wine-specific:

- Percentage of foreign wine if label indicates addition of foreign wine

Spirits-specific:

- Presence of coloring materials

- Treatment with wood, if applicable

- Commodity statement

- Statement of age, if required (by type of spirits)

- State of distillation for any U.S.-produced whiskey

Required disclosures and declarations:

- FD&C yellow no. 5

- Saccharin

- Sulfites

- Aspartame (malt beverages only)

- Cochineal extract and carmine (color additives)

Limited carbohydrate and calorie listings:

- The "low carbohydrate" designation is based on the serving size. TTB Ruling 2004-1 provides that TTB will approve the use of the term "low carbohydrate" (or "low-carb") on labels and in advertisements where a statement of average analysis is present, and the standard serving size for the product (12 fl. oz. for malt beverages; 5 fl. oz. for wines, and 1.5 fl. oz. for distilled spirits) contains no more than 7g of carbohydrates

- As long as a statement of average analysis is included on the label, the label may also include other references to the carbohydrate content of the product (http://www.ttb.gov/rulings/2004-1.pdf)

The TTB released updated regulations on materials and processes used to treat domestic wine, including sodium carboxymethylcellulose (www.ttb.gov/wine/wine_treating_materials.shtml)

 

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB):

http://www.ttb.gov/index.shtml

The Beverage Alcohol Manual:

http://www.ttb.gov/wine/bam.shtml,

http://www.ttb.gov/beer/chapter1.pdf, and

http://www.ttb.gov/spirits/chapter1.pdf