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July 26, 2023

Review of carbohydrate and sugar claims on alcoholic beverages

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for commen​t on a proposal to clarify the requirements for making nutrition content claims about carbohydrate and sugar on alcoholic beverages. 

Standard 1.2.7 in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) currently permits voluntary claims about carbohydrate content to be made on alcoholic beverages.  

Sugar is a component of carbohydrate, however the Code lacks clarity around sugar content claims. 

FSANZ is proposing to amend the standard to clarify the permitted extent of carbohydrate and sugar claims on food containing more than 1.15% alcohol by volume. 

The proposed amendment is intended to support consumers to make informed choices and provide clarity and certainty for enforcement agencies and industry.