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Standard 2.7.1 Food Standards as amended, taking into account amendments up to Food Standards (Proposal P1013 – Code Maintenance IX) Variation
Administered by: Health
Registered 01 Aug 2011
Start Date 11 Jul 2011
End Date 01 Mar 2016
Date of repeal 01 Mar 2016
Repealed by Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code - Standard 5.1.1 - Revocation and Transitional Provisions - 2014 revision

Standard 2.7.1

 

Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages and Food Containing Alcohol

 

 

Purpose

 

This Standard provides labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages and food containing alcohol.

 

Table of Provisions

 

1             Interpretation

2             Declaration of alcohol by volume

3             Standard drink labelling

4             Representations of low alcohol

5             Representations of ‘non-intoxicating’

6             Food containing alcohol not to be represented as non-alcoholic

 

Clauses

 

1             Interpretation

 

In this Standard –

 

standard drink means the amount of a beverage which contains 10 grams of ethanol, measured at 20°C.

 

2             Declaration of alcohol by volume

 

(1)           The label on a package of food listed in column 1 of the Table to this subclause must include a statement of the alcohol content in the corresponding form specified in column 2.

 

Table to subclause 2(1)

 

Column 1

Column 2

Food, including alcoholic beverages, containing more than 1.15 % alcohol by volume

Expressed in mL/100 g or mL/100 mL or X% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME or words and expressions of the same or similar effect

Alcoholic beverages containing 1.15% or less alcohol by volume

 

Beverages containing 0.5% or more, but less than 1.15%,  alcohol by volume

‘CONTAINS NOT MORE THAN X% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME’ or words and expressions of the same or similar effect

 

(2)           The statement required by subclause (1) must, for the foods specified in column 1 of the Table to this subclause, be accurate to within the limits specified in column 2.

 


 

Table to subclause 2(2)

 

Column 1

Column 2

Beer, cider and perry

0.3% alc/vol

Spirits, liqueurs, fortified wine, fortified fruit or vegetable wine, and all other alcoholic beverages containing more than 1.15 % alcohol by volume

0.5% alc/vol

Wine and fruit wine (including sparkling forms), and wine products and fruit or vegetable wine products containing more than 6.5 % alcohol by volume

1.5% alc/vol

 

3             Standard drink labelling

 

(1)           Subject to subclause (2), the label on a package of a beverage or a food capable of being consumed as a beverage, which contains more than 0.5 % alcohol by volume, measured at 20°C, must include a statement of the approximate number of standard drinks in the package -

 

(a)          in the case of packages containing 10 or less standard drinks, accurate to the first decimal place; or

(b)          in the case of packages containing more than 10 standard drinks, accurate to the nearest whole number of standard drinks.

 

(2)           Subclause (1) does not apply to beverages packaged prior to 20 December 2002.

 

Examples:

 

For the purposes of subclause 3(1) the following examples are provided.

 

For a 750 mL bottle of 12.5% wine:

 

‘CONTAINS APPROXIMATELY 7.4 STANDARD DRINKS’

 

For a 750 mL bottle of 37% spirit:

 

‘CONTAINS APPROXIMATELY 22 STANDARD DRINKS’

 

For a 375 mL can of 4.9% beer:

 

‘CONTAINS APPROXIMATELY 1.4 STANDARD DRINKS’

 

4             Representations of low alcohol

 

An alcoholic beverage which contains more than 1.15 % alcohol by volume must not be represented as a low alcohol beverage.

 

5             Representations of ‘non-intoxicating’

 

The label on a package of a beverage containing more than 0.5 % alcohol by volume must not include the words ‘non intoxicating’ or words of similar meaning.

 

6             Food containing alcohol not to be represented as non-alcoholic

 

Food containing alcohol must not be represented in a form which expressly or by implication suggests that the product is a non-alcoholic confection or non-alcoholic beverage.