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The Food Labelling Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 - Low Alcohol Descriptors

Northern Ireland specific
The Food Standards Agency wants to hear your views on whether new descriptors for alcoholic drinks above 1.2% ABV and the promotion of lower strength drinks should be introduced. We believe any future low alcohol descriptors could be introduced through guidance rather than further legislation.

Consultation target audience

Alcohol industry, healthcare professionals, heath education bodies, enforcement officers, charities, consumer groups and other interested stakeholders who may have an interest in the policy and legislation on food labelling. This consultation applies to Northern Ireland only.  Similar consultations will be carried out in England, Scotland and Wales.

Consultation subject

We welcome stakeholders' views on how best to continue to communicate information to the public about low alcohol products, so that adults can make informed choices when they purchase drinks, including alcohol. 

Consultation purpose

This consultation provides interested parties with an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposals to use guidance rather than legislation, views on the current low alcohol descriptors and on whether to extend the range of descriptors to drinks above 1.2% ABV.


Consultation pack

Food Labelling Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

Comments and views 


All comments and views should be sent to:

Executive Support Unit
Food Standards Agency
10a-10c Clarendon Road
Belfast BT1 3BG



Publication of response summary

Within three months of a consultation ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page.

You can find information on how we handle data provided in response to consultations in our Consultations privacy notice.

Further information

This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.