Canada’s alcohol industry says warning labels about health risks unnecessary – CTV

Jan. 17, 2023

Canada’s alcohol industry is pushing back against a call for mandatory warning labels on booze containers as suggested in new guidance that also greatly limits the recommended amount Canadians should be drinking.

CJ Helie, president of Beer Canada, said the industry is voluntarily informing people to drink responsibly so there’s no need for any labels.

“A number of Canadian brewers, including a number of our members, have voluntary health warning labels or pictographs on packaging dealing with warnings against drinking while pregnant and driving while intoxicated,” Helie said.

However, a report on the new drinking guidance released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction says the warning labels could inform consumers about serious health risks including cancer, the number of standard drinks in a container and the benefits of limiting consumption to two drinks a week.

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