Proposition 65 and Alcoholic Beverages

Question: Under Proposition 65, are alcoholic beverage producers required to provide warning labels about cancer risks?

Answer: Alcoholic beverages (including beer, malt beverages, wine, and distilled spirits) are required to provide warning labels since they are listed as a cause for cancer. A warning for alcoholic beverages complies with Proposition 65 requirements if it is provided using one or more of the methods in Section 25607.3 of the regulation and includes all the following elements: 

(1) The word “WARNING” in all capital letters and bold print.

(2) The words, “Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine, and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects”

For alcoholic beverages distributed within California through package delivery services, a warning must be placed on the shipping container in 8-point or larger type. The warning message must be readable to the recipient prior to consumption of the alcoholic beverages.

Article content as of 2018-05-29.


Have more questions? Submit a request