TVNZ One News 18 July 2020
Family First Comment: “Hundreds of babies are born each year with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). There’s now conclusive scientific evidence that says it does affect the foetus and it does affect children born with lifetime consequences.”
Yep – we’ve been asking for this for since at least 2011. Read our submission here https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/issues/alcohol-law-reform/
Alcohol companies are being forced to put health warnings on their products about the dangers of drinking while pregnant.
Australian health ministers and New Zealand’s Food Safety Minister, Damien O’Connor, have voted in favour of the labels, with companies having three years to implement the changes.
Mr O’Connor said hundreds of babies are born each year with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
“There’s now conclusive scientific evidence that says it does affect the foetus and it does affect children born with lifetime consequences.”
He said the labelling has been inconsistent but the new law will make it standard.
The move was agreed to at yesterday’s meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, he said.
“The decisions that were taken yesterday were to include a red label that said pregnancy warning, to ensure we committed to a consistent size and that we gave certainty to the industry with a three year lead-in time.”
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/pregnancy-warning-labels-voted-mandatory-all-alcohol-products
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