Labeling: Mandatory Labeling Information

Health Warning Statement

Any alcoholic beverage containing .5% alcohol or higher is required to have a Health Warning Statement on the label.  The Health Warning statement must appear on all wine containers for sale or distribution, must be legible and appear on a contrasting background, and must appear separate and apart from all other label information. The words “GOVERNMENT WARNING” must appear in capital letters and in bold type, and the rest of the warning statement must not appear in bold type.  The “S”in “Surgeon” and the “G” in General must also be capitalized.

The following is the required language for the Health Warning statement:

(1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or
operate machinery, and may cause health problems.

The Health Warning Statement may appear on any label.

The Health Warning Statement is shown on the sample label at the right. 
In this example, it is located on the back label.

View the regulations here: 27 CFR 16

View the information in the Wine Seminar Handout on page: 88.
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