Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic drinks are currently implemented on a voluntary basis in Australia and New Zealand. Australian ministers will meet in July 2020 to decide whether to support a mandatory health warning label for alcohol products carefully designed by the independent statutory authority on food standards in Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ).
Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic drinks can raise awareness and prompt discussions about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. They also support the establishment of cultural norms in relation to pregnant women not drinking alcohol.
On July 15, 2020, the VicFASD SIG issued a media release in support of implementing the pregnancy warning label designed by FSANZ on alcoholic drinks: