NAAA calls on Ministers to vote for a clear, visible and honest health warning on alcohol products.

Mirage News (15 July 2020) NAAA calls on Ministers to vote for a clear, visible and honest health warning on alcohol products. ‘The National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) is calling on Ministers on the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to put the health and wellbeing of children first by approving the most effective pregnancy health warning label on alcohol products when they meet on Friday’. Mirage News

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DrinkWise FASD Awareness Program partners with Federal Government for new education materials featuring Deborah Mailman and Aaron Pedersen

Opinion: The Australian Federal government allocated $230,000 over 6 months to this alcohol industry led campaign. Is this the government’s answer to a national FASD prevention campaign? According to Drinkwise, ‘the advertisements will help generate greater awareness of the preventable disorder and reaffirm the risks of drinking alcohol while planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy or breastfeeding.’ Read article here…

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BREAKING: Commonwealth likely to OPPOSE mandatory pregnancy warning labels

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE have been advised that at Cabinet meeting on 9 Oct, the Commonwealth government is going to instruct Bridge McKenzie (Chair of the Forum on Food Regulation) to oppose mandatory pregnancy warning labels or potentiallyas consultation mandate the current DrinkWise labels (which have found to be ineffective in informing consumers about the harms of alcohol consumption during pregnancy). This is BAD OUTCOME SO PLEASE HELP US DO THE FOLLOWING:
(1) Sign a letter to your Forum on Food Regulation (FoFR) Minister: http://www.fare.org.au/labelling/notgoodenough/ (2) Distribute the above link to your networks – please don’t wait
(3) Retweet FARE Australia’s tweets: https://twitter.com/FAREAustralia; (4) Post the following on Facebook/twitter/anywhere people else:
Did you know that most products that cause harm have to have warning labels. Alcohol does not, it is exempt. The current voluntary system means that half of products don’t have a label. Consumers have a right to be fully informed about products that harm them, particularly those that can impact their unborn child. Consumers can’t do this currently. Ministers are voting on 11 Oct on the issue. Please sign our letter to Food Ministers and let them know that effective labels need to be mandatory. #notgoodenough http://www.fare.org.au/labelling/notgoodenough/ There is still time to sign our Open Letter – which is likely to be a directed letter going out on Monday 8th Oct – please send me your signature, full name, position title and logo.
THANKS
Email Sarah: sarah.ward@fare.org.au

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Top health advisor quits role accusing British government of working too closely to the alcohol industry

Dilworth, Miles (11 September 2018) ‘Sir Ian Gilmore, a senior adviser at Public Health England (PHE), accused his former agency of developing a cosy relationship with big business. He said ever closer ties would allow the drinks industry to ‘water down’ tougher laws on alcohol sales and consumption, the Times reported. John Britton, who plays the same role at the agency for tobacco, also threatened to resign if the trend continued. In a letter to The Times published today, the pair launched a stinging criticism of a multimillion-pound campaign by PHE, which encourages drinkers to have two dry days a week. The campaign is paid for by the industry funded charity Drinkaware. The letter said it marked ‘a major shift in PHE policy and its willingness to share a public platform with the alcohol industry’. ‘  Daily Mail UK

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DrinkWise FASD Awareness Program partners with Federal Government for new education materials

Educational materials for general practice settings. Drinkwise is the social aspect organisation funded by the alcohol industry. Recruited well known Australian actors Deborah Mailman and Aaron Petersen. This two-year program, consists of multiple activities that promote awareness around the message that it’s safest not to drink while pregnant using a range of channels including clinical settings schools, print media and point-of-sale at retail outlets and licensed venues. Link here to read more…

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