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Consumer/Nutrition Groups Urge Obama Administration and Congress to Update Alcohol Policies for the 21st Century
Date:4/23/2009

the definition of a standard drink, the number of calories and facts about other ingredients.
  • Enlisting the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make increased access to alcohol content information a new national health objective when HHS issues Healthy People 2020, the updated ten-year health goals, in early 2010.
  • Including detailed advice on responsible alcohol consumption levels for the public when HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) release the revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2010, with a specific focus on what constitutes a "standard drink" and the calorie content of "non-standard" mixed alcoholic drinks now gaining in popularity.
  • Gaining Congressional passage of the "Support 21 Act of 2009," which will expand the nation's underage drinking prevention efforts by allocating an additional $35.5 million to federal and state programs.

  • Among these actions, the top priority for the public health community is for TTB to move quickly to issue a consumer friendly final alcohol labeling regulation. This step would end the stalemate in modernizing beverage alcohol labels that traces back to 1972, when consumer organizations first asked the federal government to require meaningful alcohol labeling. In 2003, the National Consumers League, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Federation of America and 75 other public health and consumer organizations submitted a formal petition to TTB resulting in the agency issuing an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" in April 2005. Then, in 2007, TTB proposed a mandatory "Serving Facts" panel on beer, wine and distilled spirits that left out alcohol content and the amount of alcohol in a serving and was widely attacked by consumer groups and the public health community for being incomplete.

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