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Blogger Starts Campaign to Reveal Beer’s ‘Controversial’ Ingredients

getty_rf_photo_of_group_beer_toastA high-profile food blogger has launched a petition to persuade major beer companies to list their ingredients.

Vani Hari,” has started an online campaign urging Anheuser-Busch and Chicago-based MillerCoors to disclose a full set of ingredients for consumers to see. While food and drinks have strict nutrition labeling standards, beer, wine and pure alcohol are generally not required to list every ingredient.

Hari argues that some beer contains “a long list of controversial additives.” Beer companies are required to list certain known allergens on their labels.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer research organization, applauded the petition, noting in a statement Wednesday that it petitioned and then sued the U.S. government to reveal beer ingredients three decades ago.

“The government used to publish a list of permitted ingredients in beer, which included food dyes, foam enhancers, preservatives, sweeteners, enzyme, and chill-proofing agents,” the organization said. “Ingredients like propylene glycol alginate, Red 40, caramel coloring, and others should certainly be listed on labels in case consumers are concerned about allergens or simply troubled by beers that contain a raft of additives.”


6 Responses

  1. 2. Most still don’t.

    AB came out with their ingredients. I could have told them to you without thinking and it has nothing to do with any brewery tour I’ve taken.

  2. The beer industry is heavily regulated. Some European countries do not allow a beverage to be called beer if it contains anything more than water, barley malt, hops, and yeast. At most, any additive would be a spice or coloring and that is usually clearly labeled.

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