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Government plans to introduce health warnings on alcohol products face strong opposition from European Union countries.

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Government plans to introduce health warnings on alcohol products face strong opposition from European Union countries.

Government plans to introduce detailed health warnings on alcohol products are facing strong opposition from several European Union countries.

Under the Public Health Alcohol Bill, all alcoholic drinks will carry warnings as well as total alcohol and calorie content.

The legislation is currently at second stage in the Seanad where it was first introduced on Dec 17, 2015

The countries objecting, mainly on grounds centred on the labelling requirements, are the Netherlands, Slovakia, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain.

The European Commission has also expressed its concern about the proposal contained in the Programme for Government.

The Government believes the new law will help tackle harmful drinking, and said it remained determined to introduce the measures.

But the nine countries - which include some of Europe's biggest beer and wine producers - say it will affect free trade.
Ireland must issue a response to each country by the end of July.