S. KOREA TO REQUIRE CALORIES INFORMATION ON ALCOHOL LABELS FROM NEXT MONTH
By Susan Lewis
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The Korean government is to introduce a new policy next month requiring alcoholic drinks to specify the product’s calories and nutritional information on its labels.
The Korea Fair Trade Commission specified that alcoholic drinks include wine, whisky, beer, soju - a Korean spirit distilled from grain – and makgeolli - a traditional grain-based alcoholic drink - and others.
With the rising level of alcoholic drink consumption in the country, South Korean regulators found it imperative to introduce the policy, reported Korea local media EconoTimes.
It has always been pointed out that liquor products fail to provide caloric and nutritional information.
While some beers claim to be of the ‘light’ variety in terms of calories, consumers had no way to confirm this without calorie information.
Soju had the highest caloric value per bottle among alcoholic beverages at 408 calories, followed by a bottle of rice wine with 372 calories and a can of beer with 236 calories, according to a 2019 survey conducted by the Korea Consumer Agency.
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