Most alcoholic beverages (such as beers and wines) don't list the ingredients or nutritional information. Why is this? Is there a special exception for alcoholic beverages?
Is there a special exception for alcoholic beverages?
Standardized alcoholic beverages (those with compositional standards in Division 2 of the FDR such as beer, wine, rum and bourbon whiskey) are exempt from the requirement to show a list of ingredients on the label [B.01.008(2)(f), FDR].
This also applies to icewine which, in addition to meeting the prescribed standard in Volume 8 of the Canadian Standards of Identity document, also needs to meet the wine standard in Division 2 of the FDR.
But this only applies to standardized alcohol (as laid out in B.02 of the Food and Drugs Regulations)
They are also exempt from the nutrition facts if they have an alcohol content of more than 0.5% :
Beverages with an alcohol content of more than 0.5% are usually exempt from carrying a Nutrition Facts table [B.01.401(2)(b)(i), FDR].
Except in the cases where this doesn't apply (Reasons for losing the exemption)