Stuff.co.nz 26 March 2012
A plan to target pregnant women in warning labels on alcohol products may have already encountered a setback, with Dominion Breweries (DB) confirming they won’t be complying for at least two years – when the rule is likely to become mandatory. Pregnant women are set to be at the heart of warning campaign on New Zealand and Australian alcohol products, to be phased in over the next two years. The change comes after Australia and New Zealand’s Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation agreed to introduce labels warning of the risks. About 30 per cent of pregnant women in New Zealand drink alcohol, according to Ministry of Health data. The issue of compulsory health warnings, similar to those found on cigarette packets, has been debated by the Government and alcohol watchdogs since 2006.