Coming Soon: Nutrition Labels…To Alcohol?

Man drinking alcohol from glassBack in 2008, health and consumer groups called on the government to require alcoholic beverages to carry nutrition labeling similar to what foods and other drinks must carry. Five years later, it looks as though this proposition may soon be a reality.

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Wine, beer and spirits manufacturers may soon have to disclose calorie content and other nutritional information on bottles and cans. But for now, such labeling remains optional.

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which is part of the Treasury Department, proposed a labeling rule in 2007 that would require alcoholic beverage manufacturers to include calories, carbohydrates, fat and protein content on their labels, but it has yet to make a decision on whether to implement the rule. It recently announced that manufacturers could add this information if they wanted to.