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Calorie Count May Soon Be On All Bottled Alcohol Beverages

on 03/06/13 at 3:45 pm

Booze News

alcoholfactsAlcoholic beverages are finally getting nutritional labels like those on food packaging, but only if the producers want to put them there.

For the first time, the Treasury Department, which regulates alcohol, said beer, wine and spirits companies can use labels that include serving size, servings per container, calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat per serving. Such package labels have never before been approved.

However since the labels are voluntary, it will be up to beverage companies to decide whether to use them on their products.

The decision is a temporary, first step while the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau, or TTB, continues to consider final rules on alcohol labels. Rules proposed in 2007 would have made labels mandatory, but the agency never made the rules final.