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MEPs call for new alcohol strategy and calorie display on labels

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2390 (Published 05 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2390
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

Members of the European Parliament are pressing the European Commission to produce a new wide ranging strategy to tackle alcohol related harm in Europe. The MEPs said that the strategy should include draft legislation to be tabled at the latest next year requiring the energy content of alcoholic beverages to be clearly labelled across the European Union. Alcohol is currently excluded from food labelling laws that apply to all other products.

The MEPs also gave their support to the possibility of using a minimum price on a unit of alcohol to curb the sale of very cheap alcohol. The Scottish government took a lead in …

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