Kiwi health organisations calling for mandatory pregnancy warning labels on alcohol

Stuff 10 October 2018
Family First Comment:  Shouldn’t these warnings be for ALL people – and show ALL potential health harms? 
That’s what we asked the National government to do when they ‘tinkered’ with the laws recently – to no avail.

New Zealand women’s apathy towards to the dangers of drinking during pregnancy is strengthening calls from health professionals for mandatory labelling on alcoholic drinks.

Research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal earlier this year found almost a quarter of women involved in a cohort study continued to drink in their first trimester despite knowing they were pregnant.

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, made up of health and primary industry ministers representing the Commonwealth, Australia, and New Zealand, will meet on Thursday to vote on a proposal to make danger stickers mandatory on booze.

More than a dozen women’s health stakeholders, including the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, have penned an open letter to forum members urging them to support the proposal.

But Brewers Association of New Zealand executive director Dylan Firth said the proposal seemed odd, given most alcohol companies already displayed warning labels on their products.

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