Newspaper Icon25 Mar 2020 - FANNZ Update

Media: Liquor industry tantrum undermines effective regulation of pregnancy warning labels 
Media: Further Delays To Pregnancy Health Warnings On  Alcohol (FARE 20.3.20)

Kia ora FANNZ

I hope this email finds everyone well and coping ok with these extraordinary circumstances. Sorry to be the bearer of ‘disappointing’ news but needing to let you know that the goal to achieve an effective and mandatory pregnancy health warning for alcohol is not yet achieved. 

Attached are media articles from both sides of the Tasman, pre and post a frustrating outcome from last Friday’s Ministerial Forum decision on the label put forward by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). The proposed label was rejected by a majority of two (6 out of 10 Ministers voting against the current proposal), and sent back to FSANZ for review.  This is particularly disappointing for New Zealand whose strong support for a mandatory option, has consistently been hampered by having one representative vote only in the bi-lateral food trade treaty arrangement with Australia.   

Sydney Morning Herald 19 March 2020

FARE Australia media release in response to the decision attached.

AHW media release in response to the decision attached.

Kia kaha, stay strong. Also, stay well, stay calm, and for those of us who can, stay home! For those who continue to serve our nation’s essential services, thank you and stay safe J!

Apologies for cross postings!

Christine Rogan
Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator

Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland
P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149
(09) 520 7037