Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements

This table details alcohol beverage labeling requirements in several countries. Details on the requirements for health warnings to be included on beverage labels are available in the Health Warning Labeling Requirements table.

It is updated on an ongoing basis as jurisdictions enact or revise their requirements with assistance from FIVS-Abridge.

If you have information about a country not currently listed, or if you find any of the information outdated, please email us at info@iard.org.

Suggested citation:

International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD). (2018). Beverage alcohol labeling requirements. Retrieved from http://www.iard.org/resources/beverage-alcohol-labeling-requirements/

Country/TerritoryAuthorities and regulationsRequired health warningVolume and alcohol contentIngredients and contentsOrigin and retail informationPresentation requirements
Antigua and BarbudaCARICOM regulations

Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards
    Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods
    Labelling of Commodities Part 1: General Principles
    Labelling of Commodities Part 2: Labelling of Pre-Packaged Goods
    Labelling of Commodities Part 5: Labelling of Brewery Products
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

ArgentinaMERCOSUR regulations apply

Law no. 24.788 of 5 March 1997: National Law on the Prevention of Alcoholism, Art 5


National Institute of Viticulture Resolutions C. 24/97 and C. 20/2004
yesMERCOSUR regulations apply MERCOSUR regulations apply MERCOSUR regulations apply
AustraliaAustralia-New Zealand Food Standards Code Part 2.7

 
yesDeclaration of alcohol by volume:


- If over 1.15% alcohol, this should be expressed in mL/100mL or X% alcohol by volume


- If content is between 0.5 and 1.15%, label should state "contains not more than X% alcohol by volume"


- Labeling must be accurate to within 0.3% for beer; 1.5% for wine; and 0.5% for spirits


Number of standard drinks per container:


- One standard drink is the amount of the beverage that contains 10 grams ethanol, measured at 20˚C. If container holds fewer than 10 standard drinks, this estimate should be accurate to one decimal place; above 10 drinks, accurate to the nearest whole number.
Ingredient listing is only required for products not standardized in Standards 2.7.2 to 2.7.5 of the Australia-New Zealand Food Standards Code


Alcoholic beverages in the categories beer, wine, fruit wine, and spirits are exempt from including nutrition information panels, ingredient lists, and percentage labeling of characterizing ingredient.


- Allergens: The new general food labeling provisions of the Food Standards (Volume Two) require a new mandatory declaration of certain allergenic substances. Additives and processing aids containing eggs or egg products, casein and potassium caseinate, milk or milk products, fish or fish products, nuts, added sulphites in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more, and some other substances must be declared if any traces could remain in the final product (see Allergen Labeling, Mandatory Declaration).


- Additives: Permitted additives and processing aids for wine, sparkling wine and fortified wine are prescribed by Standard 4.5.1. Any additives not listed in the Table to Clause 3 of Standard 4.5.1 are illegal to use in Australia. Caution: Where there is no added sulphur dioxide, care must be taken in any claim that the wine is "sulphur- or preservative-free," as sulphur dioxide can be produced by yeast. "Preservative-free" should only be claimed if there is less than 10mg/L of total sulphur dioxide in the wine.
Name of product


Lot identification


Name and address of supplier


Wine: Country of origin


Date marking, if shelf life is less than two years


Directions for use and storage
The label must be in English; If a language other than English is also used, the information must not negate or contradict the information in English
AustriaEuropean Union Regulations


Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW)


Economic Chambers, Food labeling
noEU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.


Wine: amount of sugar and alcohol indicated as dry, semi-dry, sweet, or semi-sweet
EU Regulations apply.

BahamasCARICOM regulations

Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

BarbadosCARICOM regulations

Barbados National Standards Institution
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

BelarusEurasian Customs Union Technical Regulations 022/2011 Food products labeling noAlcohol by volume


Net content
Ingredients list


Statement or symbol indicating genetically modified ingredients if applicable
Name of beverage


Type of beverage


Name and address of manufacturer or importer


Date of manufacture


Date of expiry


Storage instructions and instructions for use if any
Labels shall be both in Russian and in the state language(s) of the Customs Union Member State; information pertaining to the name of location of foreign manufacturers may be in the state language (languages) of the country of the manufacturer's location provided the name of the country is indicated in Russian.
BelgiumEuropean Union Regulations


Belgian Federal Public Service Health, What must and what may be found on labels?
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
BelizeCARICOM regulations

Belize Bureau of Standards


BZS 1: Part 3: 1998 – Belize National Standard Specification for Labelling Part 3: Labelling of Prepackaged Food


BZS 1: Part 5: 2007 – Belize National Standard Specification for Labelling Part 5 – Labelling of Brewery Products
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

Bosnia and HerzegovinaFood Safety Agency,


Regulations on the provision of consumer information on foods, Official Gazette 68/2013


See also:


Regulations on beer, Official Gazette 77/2010


Regulations on spirit beverages and alcohol beverages, Official Gazette 87/2008


Regulations on the quality of fruit wines, Official Gazette 68/2014
noAlcohol strength by % volume


Net volume
List of ingredients


Nutritional value declaration


Allergens: cereals containing gluten except when used in the production of alcohol distillates, fish except isinglass in beer and wine, shellfish, soy, milk except whey used in the production of alcohol distillates, nuts, sulfur dioxide and sulphites in concentration greater than 10 mg/kg or 10 mg/L


Some beverages containing licorice must bear the label “Contains liquorice - people suffering from hypertension should avoid excessive consumption”
Name of beverage


Name and address of manufacturer


Country of origin or place of origin


Date of minimum duration or “use by” date; beverages of 10%ABV or higher are exempt


Instructions for storage and use, if any
The information shall be in one of the state official languages.
BotswanaGovernment of Botswana, Labelling of Prepackaged Foods Regulations 2003NoNet volume in metric unitsList of ingredients


Allergens: cereals containing gluten, crustacea, eggs, fish, peanuts, soy beans, milk, tree nuts, sulphite in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more.
Name of beverage


Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, distributor, importer, exporter or supplier


Country of origin


Lot identification


Date marking; beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exempt


Sotrage instructions and instructions for use
The information shall be in English or Setswana


The information required on a label shall be in letters not less than 1 mm in height
BrazilMERCOSUR regulations apply
ANVISA (National Health Surveillance Agency) Resolution 259/02, Resolution 26/15, and RDC 136/17
Decree Nº6.871 of June 4, 2009 Regulation to Law No. 8,918 of July 14, 1994, on the standardization, classification, registration, inspection, production and inspection of beverages
Law No. 7,678/88
Normative Instruction No. 68 of 6 November 2018
yes, if above 13% ABVMERCOSUR regulations apply


Alcohol content


Net volume (in metric units)
MERCOSUR regulations apply
List food additives
Either "contains gluten" or "gluten free"
MERCOSUR regulations apply


Name of product


Beverage type (e.g., wine or beer)


Trademark


Name and address of manufacturer or importer


Company identification number


Registration number of the product the importer with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply


Country of origin; "Made in Brazil" statement if applicable


Wine: production designation per Law No. 7,678/88 Art 4


Date of production
BulgariaEuropean Union Regulations

Food Safety Agency, Ordinance on the labeling and presentation of food


Law on Wine and Spirits 2012
noEU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.


For sparkling wines - sugar content
EU Regulations apply.


Batch number accompanied by “L”


Spirits: Producer registration identification number
Canada[may vary by province]

Food and Drug Regulations (FDR)


Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Labelling Requirements for Alcoholic Beverages
noAlcohol content by volume: All beverages of 1.1% ABV or above must declare the amount of alcohol contained in the product in both English and French. The alcohol content declaration must be shown as "X % alcohol by volume" or be abbreviated "X % alc./vol." [B.02.003]. Periods must follow both abbreviations


Net quantities in metric units
Division 2 of the FDR identifies drinks as having a standardized composition; standardized drinks are not required to list ingredients. Non-standardized drinks must list ingredients in descending order by weight proportion. Common names for alcohol beverages are defined under Division 2, B.02.001.


Nutrition facts labeling is not required for products containing more than 0.5% ABV unless a nutritional claim or any claim referring to energy benefit is made by the product. The phrase "nutrition facts," if appearing on the label, also requires a Nutrition Facts label. Unstandardized beverages containing added sweeteners are required to carry the Nutrition Facts table and meet the labeling requirements for these artificial sweeteners.


Sulphites present in wine at a level of 10ppm or more must be declared on the label in the ingredients list or in a separate "Contains" statement.


On all wines dated 2012 and later allergen labelling is required if the protein from egg, milk, or fish allergen source is present in the finished product. The food allergens must be declared on an ingredient list or using a "Contains" statement.
Name of product as defined under B.01.001 of the FDR 


Company name and address


Country of origin


Durable life date if shelf life is 90 days or less
Labels must be in both official language(s) of the country - English and French


All mandatory labelling information must be printed in font not less than 1.6 mm in height
CARICOMCRS 5 (2010) Labelling of pre-packaged foodsnoPercentage by volume of alcohol shown on the main panel, followed by the words "alcohol by volume" or the abbreviation alc./vol. or % v/v


Net content in metric units
Name of product


Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, distributor, importer, exporter, or vendor


Country of origin


Lot identification


Instructions for use


Date of minimum durability; wines and beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exempt
Labels must be in the official language(s) of the country in which the product is being sold and shall be clear, prominent, indelible and readily legible by the consumer


Letters and numbers printed in not less than 1.5 mm in height
ChileLaw 18.455 Establishing Rules On Production, Manufacture And Sale Of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic Beverages And Vinegars, And Repealing Book I Of Law No. 17.105 and its Regulation Decree 78 of 1986noAlcohol content in Gay Lussac degrees


Net volume
Labels of premixed beverages must include a list of basic ingredients and coloring agentsName and description of product


Name and address of bottler


Country of origin if imported


Name and address of importer if imported


Date of expiry if containing egg or animal products


Wine: Labels must describe the origin, variety of grape, and year of harvest: At least 75% of the grapes used to produce the wine must fit the description used; The expression "Estate Bottled" or similar expressions may be used when the wine comes from grapes grown on lands owned or rented by the vineyard and located in the same geographical area as the denomination of origin
Labels must be in Spanish
ChinaGB 7718-2011 National Food Safety Standard - Standard for nutrition labelling of prepackaged foods


GB 2758-2012 National Food Safety Standard - Fermented Alcohol Beverages


additional beverage-specific standards may apply
yesAlcoholic strength at 20°C, percentage pure alcohol in total volume or mass expressed as "Alcoholic Strength X%"


Net content
List of ingredients in decreasing order, titled "raw materials" or "raw and auxiliary materials". It is recommended to identify allergens.


Beverages of 0.5%ABV or higher are exempt from including nutrition information panels. If any nutrition information is included, the nutrition information panel is mandatory.
Name of product


Name and address of manufacturer and distributor


Country of origin (Export product)


Production license and product standard quality grade codes


Date of packaging


Storage Instructions


Durability information; wine and other alcohol beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exempt


Recommended: lot number, instructions for use
ColombiaMinistry of Health and Social Protection, Decree 1686 of 9 August 2012 yesAlcohol strength in degrees or vol. %


Net contents in metric units
Expressions or images suggesting medicinal or nutritional properties are prohibitedName and brand of product as registered with INVIMA


Name and address of producer or packer


Name and address of importer, if imported


INVIMA Register number


Date of expiry for beer and non-wine specialty beverages


“Made in Colombia” or “Colombian Industry” if produced locally from local raw materials


“Packaged in Colombia” if produced locally from imported raw materials
COMIECOResolution No 332-2013 (COMIECO-LXVI) Central American Technical Regulations, Alcoholic Beverages Labeling RequirementsyesAlcohol strength in % Alc./vol. or ⁰ G.L.


Net contents in metric units
List of ingredients in decreasing order unless the product is made from a single ingredient


Additives


Statements attributing preventive or curative properties to the product are prohibited
Name of product


Name and address of manufacturer, packer, or distributor


Name and address of importer or distributor if imported


Sanitary registry number


Lot identification


Date of expiry; beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exempt unless they contain milk products


Country of origin
Labels must be printed in Spanish in letters no smaller than 1 mm in height
Costa RicaCOMIECO regulations apply


N°38413-COMEX-MEIC-S
yesCOMIECO regulations applyCOMIECO regulations apply COMIECO regulations apply
CroatiaEuropean Union Regulations

Croation Food Authority (HAH), Beverage regulaitons webpage
noEU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

CyprusEuropean Union Regulations

Ministry of Health, Law on Food (Control and Sale)
noEU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

CzechiaEuropean Union Regulations


Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production Department


Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority
noEU Regulations apply.


For wine that is more than 3 years old, the indicated alcohol by volume percentage should not vary by greater than 0.8%.
EU Regulations apply. EU Regulations apply.
DenmarkEuropean Union Regulations


Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen)


Danish Directorate for Food, Fisheries and Agribusiness (Direktoratet for Fødevare Erhverv)
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
DominicaCARICOM regulations


Dominica Bureau of Standards


Labeling of Commodities Part 1: General Principles for Labeling of Goods DNS 2: Part 1: 2002


Labeling of Commodities Part 2: Specification for the Labeling of Prepackaged Goods DNS 2: Part 2: 2002


Labeling of Commodities Part 3: Specification for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods DNS 2: Part 3: 2002 ICS: 67.230


Labeling of Commodities - Specification for the Labeling of Brewery Products (Beer, Stout, Brandy, Malt)
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

Dominican RepublicDominican Quality Institute (INDOCAL)


Standard No. 53 (4th edition 2014) Labeling of prepackaged foods


Law No. 358-05 Protection of cosnumer rights
yesNet weight by volumeList of ingredients: in decreasing percentages of ingredient (if water is added, it must also be indicated in the list of ingredients); single-ingredient distilled beverages are exempt


Food additives, if any
Name of product


Name and address of the producer, wholesaler, importer, exporter, or retailer


Country of origin


Lot identification


Date of minimum durability and storage instructions if applicable
The information must be in Spanish
EcuadorNational Standard INEN 1933-1994 Alcoholic beverages labeling requirementsyesAlcohol strength in degrees Gay Lussac


Net contents in metric units
[n/a]Brand of product


Type of product


Name and address of producer


Name and address of importer if imported


Country of origin if imported


“Industria Ecuatoriana” if produced in Ecuador


Lot identification
Labels must be printed in Spanish
El SalvadorCOMIECO regulations apply


Official Gazette 15 January 2014
yesCOMIECO regulations apply COMIECO regulations apply COMIECO regulations apply
EstoniaEuropean Union Regulations

Regulation on the definition, description and presentation for sale of alcohol
noEU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

EthiopiaFood, Medicine, Healthcare and Control Authority (FMHACA)

Council of Ministers Regulation No 299/2013
noAlcohol content for all beverages of 1.2%ABV or greater


Net volume
List of ingredients (except for single ingredient foods) in descending order of weight


Allergens


Labels of items containing genetically modifies products must include the following statement: ‘genetically modified food’
Name of beverage type


Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, distributor, importer, exporter or vendor
Country of origin


Code identifying producing factory and lot


Production and expiration dates; beverages of 10%ABV or greater are exempt from expiration date requirement


Instructions for use if needed
European UnionEU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers

European Parliament Resolution 2015/2543(RSP)


joint industry framework Self-regulatory proposal on the provision of nutrition information and ingredients listing 2018 and its annexes:


- Wine and aromatised wine products Annex and Detailed Annex


- Spirits sector annex


- Beer annex
noTo be indicated with words and numbers, and may additionally be expressed by means of pictograms or symbols:


The actual alcoholic strength by volume of beverages of higher than 1.2%ABV by a figure to not more than one decimal place followed by the symbol ‘% vol.’ and preceded by ‘alcohol’ or ‘alc’. (Art 28, Annex XII)


Net quantity
Alcoholic beverages greater than 1.2%ABV are exempt from ingredient list and nutrition declaration requirements (Art. 16, Res. 2015/2543RSP), though Member States may maintain national measures on the listing of ingredients.


Allergens: Sulphur dioxide and sulphites at concentrations of more than 10 mg/kg or 10 mg/L; exempt are cereals containing gluten and nuts when used for making distillates and fish gelatin or isinglass used in wine fining.


Alcoholic beverages with added liquorice at concentrations of 300 mg/L or above: ‘contains liquorice – people suffering from hypertension should avoid excessive consumption’ shall be added immediately after the list of ingredients. In the absence of a list of ingredients, the statement shall accompany the name of the beverage.
Name or business name and address of the food business operator


Country of origin, place of provenance, protected designation of origin if applicable


Instructions for storage and use where necessary


Date of minimum durability or ‘use by’ date; beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exempt from the last
Mandatory information shall appear in a language easily understood by the consumers of the Member States where a food is marketed. Within their own territory, the Member States may stipulate that the particulars shall be given in one or more languages from among the official languages of the Union.
FijiFood Safety Regulations 2009noNet contents by volume in metric unitsNet contents by volume in metric unitsList of ingredients


Claims encouraging excessive consumption, or of suitability to treat or prevent disease, are prohibited
Name of beverage per Codex Alimentarius standard if such is established


Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor


Country of origin if imported


Lot identification


Date of minimum durability as “Best before”; wines and beverages of 10%ABV or higher are exempt


Storage instructions if any


Instructions for use if any
FinlandEuropean Union Regulations

Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira)


Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira), Food information guide 17068/1
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
FranceEuropean Union Regulations


Customs
yesEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply. Use of foreign names and vintage is forbidden when an equivalent French word exists (spirit names such as vodka and whiskey are acceptable)
GermanyEuropean Union Regulations


Federal Food and Agriculture Agency Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung
yesEU Regulations apply. EU Regulations apply. EU Regulations apply. Wine, sparkling wine, flavored wines, flavored wine beverages and cocktails, and spirits imported from non-EU countries are subject to special labeling regulations
GhanaFood and Drug Authority, Guidelines for the labeling of prepackaged foods FDA/FERD/GL-LAB/2013/02 noNet volumeList of ingredients in descending order of ingoing weight


Allergens: Cereals containing gluten, crustacea, eggs, fish, peanuts, soybeans, milk, tree nuts, sulphite in concentrations of 10 mg/kg or more.


Labels of alcoholic beverages shall not indicate that the consumption of liquor is required for social and professional achievement, use names connoting strength, energy, aphrodisiac or sexual undertones, sports, or pictures to the same effects.
Name of beverage


Name and address of producer, manufacturer, importer, packer, distributor, or seller


Lot identification number


Country of origin


Date of minimum durability; wines and beverages of 10%ABV or higher are exempt


Instructions for use if needed
Labelling shall be in English
GreeceEuropean Union Regulations

Hellenic Food Authority
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply. EU Regulations apply.
GrenadaCARICOM regulations




GDS 1: PART 4: 1992 Specification for the Labelling of Commodities - Labelling of Prepackaged Food


GDS 41: 1998 Requirements for Labelling of Brewery Products (Beer, Stout, Shandy, and Malt)


GDS 73: 2003 Specification for Rum


GDS 74: 2003 Specification for Brewery Products
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

GuatemalaCOMIECO regulations apply

National Commission of Technical Regulation (CRETEC) --, Decree 969-99 Food safety regulations Art 54.2
yesCOMIECO regulations apply COMIECO regulations apply

COMIECO regulations apply

HondurasCOMIECO regulations apply

Decree 06-2005 Regulations on the Health Control of Foodstuffs Chapter 4
yesCOMIECO regulations apply COMIECO regulations apply

COMIECO regulations apply

HungaryEuropean Union Regulations


Hungarian Trade Licensing Office, Agriculture Section (Magyar Kereskedelmi Engedélyezési Hivatal – MKEH, Mezőgazdasági Osztály)
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
IcelandEuropean Union Regulations adopted by Regulation No.1294/2014

Regulation No. 1106/2015 Product selection, procurement and distribution by alcohol monopoly


Act No. 93/1995 on Foodstuffs
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
IndiaFood Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI),

Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011


effective April 1, 2019: Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations, 2018
yes ( effective 1 April 2019)Net weight and gross weight


effective April 1, 2019: Alcohol content expressed as %ABV or as proof. Optional: statement of the approximate number of standard drinks (defined as 12.7 mL of ethanol) in the package.
Ingredients must be listed in descending order of their quantity


effective April 1, 2019:


Prohibited: any nutritional information, health claims, for beverages of greater than 0.5%ABV - ‘non-intoxicating’ or words implying similar meaning


Wine: declare the amount of sugar, residues of preservatives or additives, “Contains sulfur dioxide or Contains sulfite” if it contains more than 10 mg/L sulfur dioxide
Name, trade name, or description of product


Date of manufacture or packaging


Date of expiry


Bar codes issued by European Article Numbering New Delhi if applicable


Market retail price, including taxes, duties, transportation


Batch or lot identification


Special instructions for storage or use


effective April 1, 2019:


Non-wine beverages of lower than 10%ABV: date, month and year of expiry preceded by the words “Expiry date” or “Use by”


Imported beverages are also subject to the Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations, 2017
IndonesiaMinistry of Trade Regulation 15/M-DAG/PER/3/2006yesAlcohol content


State “Alcoholic beverage”


Net contents
[n/a]Name of product


Name and address of manufacturer or importer


Date of expiry
Label must be in Indonesian using Latin letters and Arabic numerals


It is prohibited to label alcoholic beverages “Halal”
IrelandEuropean Union Regulations
Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
yesEU Regulations apply.
Quantity of alcohol in grams
EU Regulations apply.
Energy value in kilojoules and kilocalories
EU Regulations apply.
ItalyEuropean Union Regulations


Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Ministereo dell Agricoltura e Foreste)


Ministry of Economy and Finance, Department of Treasury (Ministero delle Economia e delle Finanze, Dipartimento del Tesoro)
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
JamaicaCARICOM regulations

Bureau of Standards Jamaica
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

JapanConsumer Affairs Agency, Food labeling law and regulationsnoAlcohol content


Container volume (in milliliters or liters)


Net weight (in metric units)
Ingredients other than additives must be listed in descending order of weight percentage


Food additives must be listed in descending order of weight on a separate line from other ingredients
Name of product


The word "Imported" and country of origin if imported


Name and address of the importer


Date "Best before"


Special instructions for use, storage, or preparation when established by the Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare for the product or when their absence could cause confusion
Labelling must be in Japanese
KazakhstanEurasian Customs Union Technical Regulations 022/2011 Food products labeling


Law No. 429 of 16 July 1999 On state regulation of production and turnover of ethyl alcohol and alcohol products


See also Resolution No. 1081 of 20 October 2010 Technical regulations: Requirements for the safety of alcohol products
noAlcohol by volume


Net content
Ingredients list


Statement or symbol indicating genetically modified ingredients if applicable


Vodka and special vodkas: type of alcohol used in manufacture
Name of beverage


Name, address and license number of manufacturer


Reference to national standard


Date of manufacture


Date of expiry


Storage instructions and instructions for use if any


Wines: bottling date and name of bottler
Labels shall be both in Russian and in the state language(s) of the Customs Union Member State; information pertaining to the name of location of foreign manufacturers may be in the state language (languages) of the country of the manufacturer's location provided the name of the country is indicated in Russian.
KenyaCAP 254 Food, Drugs and Chemical Substances Act and Subsidiary RegulationsnoAlcohol content by volume for distilled beverages of lower than 37%ABV


Net volume
List of ingredients


Preservatives, colorings, artificial flavorings
Name of beverage


Brand name of beverage


Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor


Country of origin


Date or expiry
Korea, Republic ofKorean Food and Drug Administration

Food and Drug Safety Notice 2015-98
yesAlcohol percentage


Net volume
Name of ingredients by volume percentage


List of food additives


Allergen information
Name and type of product


Country of origin


Name, address, and business license number of importer


Date of bottling


Expiration date


Location where product may be exchanged or returned if defective


Instructions for storage if applicable


Mode of distribution: must specify one of three: "Discount store sale only," "Restaurant sale only," or "Sale for home use only"
Required information must be in Korean.
KyrgyzstanTechnical Regulations 388-2011 On beer safety, 536-2011 On wine product safety, and 537-2011 On ethyl alcohol, vodka and liqueurs safety.noAlcohol content in % volume


Volume
For beer, ingredients list


For beer, nutritional value


For beer, additives


For beer, statement on genetically modified ingredients, if applicable
Name of beverage


Name and address of manufacturer or importer


Date of manufacture; for beer, bottling date and date of expiry Instructions for storage


Standard certification number
LatviaEuropean Union Regulations


Ministry of Agriculture
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
LithuaniaEuropean Union Regulations


Food and Veterinary Agency, Labeling requirements for alcoholic beverages
yesEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
LuxembourgEuropean Union Regulations

noEU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

Malaysia Food Regulations (1985)


Food (Amendment) Regulations (2016)
yesStatement “CONTAINS ALCOHOL”


Net volume
Ingredient list in descending order of weight


Additives statement
Product name


Name and address of manufacturer, packer, and importer


Country of origin


Date of expiry
Language must be Bahasa or English
MaltaEuropean Union Regulations


SL 449.46 Labelling, Presentation and Advertising of Foodstuffs Regulations


Environmental Health Directorate
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
MauritiusGovernment Notice 173-1999 Regulations under the Food Act 1998yesStatement that beverage contains alcohol in capital letteringList of the ingredients in decreasing order of mass or percentage


Food additives


Indication genetically modified ingredients, if applicable
Name of beverage


Name and address of the manufacturer or packer


Lot identification


Country of origin


Instructions for storage and use if needed


Manufacture date


Expiry date; wines are exempt
The label shall be in English or French
MERCOSURGMC/Res26/03 Technical Regulation on the Labeling of Packaged Foods noNet contentsList of ingredients in decreasing order of weight in raw form, unless the product is made of a single ingredient


Additives must be declared as part of the ingredients list following other ingredients, stating their principal function, and complete name or INS number or both


Information on labels (words, symbols, denominations etc)must not promote consumption for reasons of stimulating or curative action, preventing illness or improving health
Name of product


Name and address of producer


Country of origin


Name and address of importer if imported


Lot identification


Date of expiry; wine, fortified wine, fruit wines and sparkling fruit wines and beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exempt


Storage conditions if any
Required information must be in the state language (Spanish or Portuguese), regardless of any information in other languages


The size of the letters and numbers shall not be less than 1 mm; the indication of the net contents is exempt
MexicoMinistry of Health (Secretaria De Salud), Mexican Official Standard NOM-142-SSA1 / SCFI-2014 Alcoholic beverages, Sanitary specifications, Sanitary and commercial labelingyesAlcohol content by percentage of total volume (% alc vol)


Net contents (in metric units)
Required for prepared beverages (2.0-12.0% ABV) and those containing additives or allergens: List of ingredients preceded by the word "Ingredientes" listing contents in descending order of quantity.


Allergens: cereals containing gluten; eggs; peanuts; tree nuts; soy, except soy oil; milk; sulphites at concentrations of more than 10 mg/kg
Name or commercial trademark of the product


Name and address of producer or importer


Country of origin


Lot identification number


Beverages above 6.0%ABV of expiry 12 months or shorter: "best if used by" date and instructions for storage if necessary
The label must bear the mandatory information in the Spanish language
MoldovaLaw 1100 of 30.06.2000 On the manufacture and turnover of ethyl alcohol and alcohol beverages


Technical Regulation of Beer and Drinks Based on Beer 2012
yesAlcohol content (% volume)

Net volume
Beer - ingredients list, nutrition and energy information per 100 g, "pasteurized" statement if applicableName of product

Type of product for beer


Name and address of the producer, importer or exporter Ю
Country of origin; “Made in Moldova” if applicable


Date of packaging


Storage instructions if any


Shelf life if applicable

Required information must be in Romanian or Russian.
NepalFood Regulation 1970noNet contentsList of ingredientsName of beverage


Name and address of packager


Batch number


Date of production and expiry date
Label shall be in Nepali or English language
NetherlandsEuropean Union Regulations


Main Product Board for Agriculture (Hoofdproductschap Akkerbouw)
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
New ZealandAustralia-New Zealand Food Standards Code Part 2.7

 

yesDeclaration of alcohol content by volume


Net contents must appear on the front label and be a minimum of 3.3 mm high


Standard drink measure in the total container (see Standard 2.7.1 for more information)


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".


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


Label on a package of a beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume must not include the words "non-intoxicating" or similar terms.
Ingredient listing is only required for products not standardized in Standards 2.7.2 to 2.7.5 of the Australia-New Zealand Food Standards Code.


Where there are added sulfites in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more, allergens labeling requirements are met by claiming "Contains sulphites," without necessarily having to name the actual sulfites used


Allergens contained in the product (e.g., egg, milk, fish, nuts, etc.) should be identified.
Name of product


Name of beverage type (e.g., wine, beer, and spirits)


Name and address of supplier or manufacturer in NZ or Australia


Country of origin


Date marking if shelf-life is less than 2 years


Special instructions for use or storage if their absence would have adverse health consequences
The label must be in English


If a language other than English is also used, the information must not negate or contradict the information in English
NicaraguaCOMIECO regulations apply


Official Gazette 10 September 2014
yesCOMIECO regulations apply COMIECO regulations apply

COMIECO regulations apply

NigeriaNational Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control,

Pre-packaged Food (Labelling) Regulations 2005

Spirits Regulations 2005

Wine Regulations 2005


See also Draft guide to food labeling 2014
noNet content in metric system volume
List of ingredients


Ingredients known to cause hypersensitivity, especially those obtained through bio-technology


Labels of spirits beverages, defined as having at least 15%ABV:


must include declaration % by volume of absolute alcohol;


if spirits beverages are of lower than 37%ABV, the % by volume of absolute alcohol must appear together with a statement that the product is “under strength”.
Name of beverage type


Name and address of manufacturer, packer, distributor, importer, exporter


Country of manufacturer


Date of minimum durability prescribed by the words "Best Before" or "Use by" or "Expiry"; Beverages of 10%ABV or higher are exempt from minimum durability requirement
The letters of the food item and net content shall be of a size reasonably related to the most printed matter on the label


Label shall be in English language
ParaguayMERCOSUR regulations apply


Decree 4.056 of 9 November 2004
noMERCOSUR regulations apply MERCOSUR regulations apply MERCOSUR regulations apply
PeruSee National Standard 210.027:2011 Alcoholic beverages: Labels, available for purchase from National Quality Institute (Inacal)yes<-<-<-
PhilippinesFood and Drug Admnistration, AO2014-0030 - Revised Rules and Regulation Governing of Prepackaged Food Product
noAlcohol content as % volume or proof units


Net content
List of ingredients used in product in decreasing order of proportion, including additives, flavorings, and preservatives


Allergens
Name of product


Brand name or trademark


Name and address of manufacturer, packer, distributor or importer


Country of origin if imported


Lot identification


Date of expiry or use-by date


Directions for use if any
The language shall be either in English or Filipino or a combination thereof
PolandEuropean Union RegulationsnoEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
PortugalEuropean Union Regulations


General Directorate for Inspection and Control of Food Quality (Direcção Geral de Fiscalização e Controlo da Qualidade Alimentar)
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
RomaniaEuropean Union Regulations

National Authority for Consumer Protection
noEU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

RussiaEurasian Customs Union Technical Regulations 022/2011 Food products labeling


Federal Law No. 171 as amended 03 July 2016


See also the following standards:


51074-2003 Food products. Information for consumer. General requirements


51149-98 Wines. Packaging, labeling, transport, and storage


52194-2003 Vodkas and special vodkas, liqueur and vodka products. Packaging, labeling, transport, and storage


51174-2009 Beer. General Specifications
yesAlcohol by volume (expressed as minimal content for beer)


Net content
Ingredients list


Statement or symbol indicating genetically modified ingredients if applicable


Wine: sugar content in g/L; dry wines are exempt Ю
Beer: nutrition information
Name of beverage


Type of beverage


Name and address of manufacturer or importer


Country of origin


Date of manufacture


Date of expiry


Storage instructions and instructions for use if any


Reference to food safety compliance certificate


Wine: Bottling facility, harvest year
Labels shall be in Russian; information pertaining to the name of location of foreign manufacturers may be in the state language (languages) of the country of the manufacturer's location provided the name of the country is indicated in Russian.
Saint Kitts and NevisCARICOM regulations

Saint Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

Saint LuciaCARICOM regulations

Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, SLNS 1-3: 2014 Specification for Labelling of Commodities - Part 3: Labelling of Prepackaged Foods
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesCARICOM regulations


Bureau of Standards, Requirements for labelling prepackaged foods SVGNS 1: Part 3: 2000
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

SeychellesS.I. 30 of 1992 Food Act (General Labelling) Regulations


Seychelles Bureau of Standards, Standard Specifications for Alcoholic Beverages (SS 38 of 1997)
noAlcohol content (% alc/vol)


Net contents
List of ingredients in descending order of proportions


Additives (preservatives, permitted colors); alcoholic beverages are exempt from declaring artificial flavoring
Labels must be in English, French or Creole


Name of product


Brand or trademark of product


Name and address of producer, packer and distributor


Country of origin


Storage instructions if any
Labels must be in English, French or Creole
SingaporeAgri-Food and Veterinary Authority, A Guide to Food Labelling and Advertisements (2016)noNet volume in metric unitsIngredients list in descending order by proportion of weight


Allergens: milk and egg products, peanut and soy products, nut products, sulphites in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more
Name of product


Name and address of manufacturer or packer


Country of origin if imported


Name and address of importer or distributor if imported
Labels must be in English and printed in letters not less than 1.5mm in height
SlovakiaEuropean Union Regulations


Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development , Decree no. 30/2014 Coll.

noEU Regulations apply. EU Regulations apply.


Labels of beers must include the amount of extract in the original wort in % by weight or according to specified beverage type name; non-alcoholic, light and certain other beers are exempt.
EU Regulations apply.
SloveniaEuropean Union Regulations

Rules on the general labeling of prepackaged foods
noEU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.

Solomon IslandsPure Food (Food Control) Regulations 2010noNet contents by volume in metric unitsList of ingredients


Claims encouraging excessive consumption, or of suitability to treat or prevent disease, are prohibited
Name of beverage per Codex Alimentarius standard if such is established


Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor


Country of origin if imported


Lot identification


Date of minimum durability as “Best before”; wines and beverages of 10%ABV or higher are exempt


Storage instructions if any


Instructions for use if any
Labels shall be in English language
South AfricaRegulation 429 of 2014 Relating to the labeling and advertising of foods: Amendment yesNet contents in metric unitsAlcohol products are exempt from nutrition labeling unless the product contains Tartrazine (E102 or Yellow No. 5) or the label advertises a health claim. Where ingredient list appears, ingredients should be listed in descending order of mass


Allergens should be indicated in ingredient list


Additives must be declared


Minimum and maximum sulfur dioxide or sulfite content must be indicated
Name of product


Name and address of producer, importer or seller


list of ingredients required by regulations 18 to 29, where applicable;


Country of origin


Storage instructions if any


Batch identification

Labels must be in English, and may be in at least one other official language of the Republic of South Africa in letters not smaller than 1.2mm in height (4mm for name of product)
SpainEuropean Union Regulations

Royal Decree 1334/1999, of July 31, approving the General Standard for the labeling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs. (Version in force since March 05, 2015)

Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (Aecosan)
noEU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply.
Sri LankaMinistry of Health Food (Labeling & Advertising) Regulations 2005noNet contents expressed in ‘ml’ or ‘l’List of ingredients


Food additives


Claims of curative, restorative, and palliative effects are prohibited
Name of beverage


Brand or trade name if any


Name and address of manufacturer, packer, or distributor


Country of origin if imported


Batch number or code number


Dates of manufacture and expiry


Instructions for storage and or use
Label should be in two of three languages: English, Sinhalese and Tamil
SurinameSee SSB 003:2013 General Requirements for Labelling of Prepackaged Goods, available for purchase from National Standards Bureau<-<-<-<-
SwedenEuropean Union Regulations

Swedish Food Federation (Livsmedelsföretagen), Manual: Labeling of prepackaged foods 2014
noEU Regulations apply.

EU Regulations apply.


If beer contains antioxidants, dye stuffs, preservatives, or sorbitol, this must be shown on the label
EU Regulations apply.
SwitzerlandFederal Department of Interior,

Ordinance on the labeling and advertising of foodstuffs (OEDAl) of 23 November 2005

noAlcohol content as «% vol.» if 1.2% ABV or higher


Sweetened alcoholic beverages must be labelled as such or include «contains x% vol. of alcohol»


Volume (in metric units)
Beverages of 1.2% ABV or higher are exempt from including an ingredients list.


Allergens must be declared following the word “Contains”: animal products, eggs, soy, sesame and sulfites above 10 mg/kg.


Health claims and nutritional claims, other than energy content declaration, are prohibited.
Name of product


Name and address of producer, packer or importer


Lot identification number


Country of origin


Best before date and date of expiry. Wines, fruit wines, and fortified wines and beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exempt.


Special instructions for use or storage, if applicable
TajikistanTechnical Regulation Labeling of Foodstuffs 2014noNet volumeIngredients (single-ingredient products are exempt)


Alcohol beverages are exempt from listing additives


GMO ingredients must be labeled, if any
Name of beverage


Name and address of manufacturer or importer


Date of manufacture


Date of durability


Storage instructions


Batch number
TanzaniaFood labeling regulations 2006 noNet contentsList of ingredients in descending order of proportions


Additives (food coloring, preservatives, artificial flavorings, artificial sweeteners) by name

Common name of product


Brand or trade name of product


Name and address of producer and distributor


Country of origin if imported


Date of manufacture


Date of expiry; wines, sparkling wines, fruit wines, and beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exempt


Lot identification
Labels must in English or Kiswahili or both
ThailandFood and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health
Thailand Food Act B.E 2522 (1979)


Alcoholic Beverage Control Act B.E 2551 (2008)
yesAlcohol content by degree or percentage


Net volume
[n/a]Product name


Brand name


Name and address of manufacturer or importer


Symbol of product registration when applicable
Labels must be in English or Thai; health warning statement must be in Thai
Trinidad and TobagoCARICOM regulations




TTS 76: Part 1: 2006 Requirements for Labelling – Part 1: General Principles (2nd Revision)


TTS 76: Part 2: 1994 Requirements for Labelling – Part 2: Labelling of Prepackaged Goods
noCARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

CARICOM regulations apply

TunisiaOrder of the Ministers of Trade and Handicrafts, of Public Health, of Industry, Energy and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises dated 3 September 2008, relating to the labelling and presentation of pre-packaged foodstuffsno"Product containing alcohol"


Net weight
List of ingredients for ingredients not exceeding 5% of end product weight, in descending order of raw material weight


Allergens: cereals containing gluten, egg, fish and milk products, peanuts, soy and nuts, sulphite in 10mg/kg concentration or more


Additives
Name of product


Date of manufacture


Date of expiry; wines, liqueurs, sparkling wines, flavored wines and fruit wines and beverages of 10% or higher ABV are exempt


Lot identification


Place of origin

Labels must be in Arabic
TurkeyGeneral Directorate of Protection and Control (Koruma ve Kontrol Genel Müdürlüğü)


Turkish Food Codex Food Labeling and Consumer Information, Official Gazette January 26, 2017
yesFor beverages of 1.2% ABV and above, percentage alcohol content


Net weight or volume
Wine: Ingredients and additives including the concentrations of the ingredientsName and brand of product


Name and address of producer


Name and address of importer if imported


Production batch number


Country of origin


Special instructions for use, preparation, or storage


Wine: Name of winery, vintage year, color, variety
TurkmenistanLaw on Trade 2000noIngredientsName of product


Address and trademark of producer


Country of origin


Date of manufacture


Date of expiry


Storage instructions if any
UgandaSee US EAS 38:2013 Labelling of prepackaged foods — General requirements, available for purchase from National Bureau of Standards<-<-<-<-<-
UkraineLaw No. 482/95 on State regulation of production and distribution of ethyl alcohol, cognac and fruit alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products, Amended Dec. 28, 2014, Art 11noAlcohol content (% vol.)


Net volume
Sugar content (% weight) and additional requirements apply for wine, cider and perryName of product


Country of origin


Date of manufacture


Production license number
United KingdomEuropean Union Regulations noEU Regulations apply.
EU Regulations apply.EU Regulations apply. Labels must be in British English
UruguayMERCOSUR regulations apply


Decree 117/006 Amending National Bromatological Regulation (Decree 315/994)


Decree 83-2017 Addition to the National Bromatological Regulation, chapter 26
noMERCOSUR regulations apply


All beers: Alcohol content in % vol.
MERCOSUR regulations apply MERCOSUR regulations apply
USAAlcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)


The Beverage Alcohol Manual: Wine, Beer, and Spirits


Note that some beverages which do not meet TTB's product definitons fall under the Food and Drug Administrations’s labeling requirements.
yesAlcohol content expressed as percent alcohol by volume


Net contents
TTB Ruling 2004-1 provides that TTB will approve the use of the term "low carbohydrate" (or "low-carb") on labels and in advertisements where a statement of average analysis is present, and the standard serving size for the product (12 fl. oz. for malt beverages; 5 fl. oz. for wines, and 1.5 fl. oz. for distilled spirits) contains no more than 7g of carbohydrates. As long as a statement of average analysis is included on the label, the label may also include other references to the carbohydrate content of the product.


Required disclosures and declarations: FD&C yellow no. 5, saccharin, sulfites, aspartame (malt beverages only), cochineal extract and carmine (color additives)


See TTB regulations on materials and processes used to treat domestic wine, including sodium carboxymethylcellulose.
Name and brand of product


Class or type of product


Name and address of bottler or packer


Name and address of importer if imported


Country of origin if imported


Wine: Percentage of foreign wine if label indicates addition of foreign wine


Spirits-specific: Presence of coloring materials; Treatment with wood if applicable; Commodity statement; Statement of age for some types of spirits; State of distillation for any U.S.-produced whiskey
All mandatory label information shall be in the English language


For beer, a minimum type size of 2 mm for larger than ½ pint, 1 mm for 11/2 pint or less


For distilled spirits, a minimum type size of 2 mm for containers larger than 200 ml, 1 mm for containers of 200 ml or less
VanuatuFood (Control) Regulation Order No. 37 of 2007noNet content by volume in metric unitsList of ingredients


List of additives


Statement of genetically modified contents if any
Name of beverage


Name and address of distributor or manufacturer


Country of origin


Lot identification


Date of production


Use by date; beverages of 10%ABV or higher are exempt


Storage instructions if any


Instructions for use if any
Label must be in Bislama and either English or French
VenezuelaNational standard COVENIN 2952-1:1997 Guidelines for declaration of nutritional and health properties on packaged food labelsnoAlcohol strength


Net contents in metric units

[n/a]Name and brand of product


Name and address of producer and packer


Name and address of importer if imported


Country of origin


“Made in Venezuela” or “Packaged in Venezuela” if applicable


Sanitary register number


Lot identification


Date of durability; beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exempt


Storage instructions if any
Labels must be printed in Spanish in letters no smaller than 1/6 the size of the largest font on the packaging or 2mm in height
VietnamDecree No. 89/2006/ND-CP on Labeling of GoodsnoEthanol content


Net volume
Ingredients including additives, presented in order of weightName of product


Name and address of organization or individual responsible for product


Country of origin


Date of manufacture and expiry date


Instructions for storage and use
Labels must be in Vietnamese
ZambiaFood and Drugs RegulationsnoNet volumeIngredients in descending order of proportion, unless exempted by Minister


"Blended with neutral spirit" if applicable
Brand or trade name


Common name


Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, distributor, importer, exporter or vendor


Country of origin
Labels shall be in the English language; any other language may be used in addition to English
ZimbabweStatutory Instrument 265 of 2002 Food and Food Standards (Food Labelling) Regulations


Statutory Instrument 25 of 2001 Food and Food Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations
yesAlcohol content


Net contents
Ingredients in descending order of proportion by mass; single ingredient items are exempt


Indication that item contains genetically modified ingredients if applicable
Name of beverage


Name and business address of the manufacturer, packer or distributor


Packing number and/or date


Date of minimum durability as “Best before”; exempt wines and certain spirits are exempt
The label shall be in the English language


The print should be no smaller than six point
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