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TPP a potential threat to continued alcohol reform

Press Release – Alcohol Healthwatch Alcohol Healthwatch is among a group of professional health agencies and individuals calling on Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser to arrange a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. New Zealand is a signatory …TPP a potential threat to continued alcohol reform Alcohol Healthwatch is among a group of professional health agencies and individuals calling on Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser to arrange a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. New Zealand is a signatory to the TPP and the latest round of negotiations arecurrently underway in Canberra. Alcohol Healthwatch Director Rebecca Williams says leaked information suggests that “investor state dispute settlement” and “technical barriers to trade” clauses are part of the TPP negotiations. Such clauses could leave countries like New Zealand wide open to litigious action by giant international corporates such as the alcohol industry if health legislation was put in place that threatens their trade. “A perfect example is how trading nations and alcohol industry interests continue to undermine Thailand’s decision to put graphic warning labels on alcohol using ‘technical barriers to trade’ clauses in existing trade agreements.” Thailand first proposed warning labels as a way to address alcohol-related harm in 2010. Since then it has come under intense pressure to reconsider the measure from trading nations including New Zealand and Australia, along...

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Trade deal will undermine public health efforts

Press Release – Alcohol Healthwatch Round 18 of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are currently underway in Malaysia. Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams says her organisation has just learnt that trade negotiators are discussing text for inclusion in the TPPA … Trade deal will undermine public health efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm if it limits the scope and role of alcohol warning labelling. Round 18 of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are currently underway in Malaysia. Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams says her organisation has just learnt that trade negotiators are discussing text for inclusion in the TPPA that could limit the role of alcohol warning labelling, and this has serious implications for public health in New Zealand. Williams says that public health experts have been calling for labelling on all alcohol containers for years to ensure that consumers have the real facts about the risks they are taking. A New Zealand application for labels warning of the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, first made in 2006, remains undecided following delay after delay. In December 2011 the alcohol industry were given 2 years to voluntarily introduce labels. Both New Zealand and Australian governments are undertaking a review of their efforts. Best practice for health warnings require them to be mandatory, prominently placed, have horizontal orientation, include both text and graphics, cover a specified percentage...

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