Turkey to introduce warning labels on containers of alcohol

13 August 2013 (Last Updated August 13th, 2013 18:30)

The Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority (TAPDK) in Turkey will place warning labels on alcoholic beverage bottles and packaging within the next ten months.

The Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority (TAPDK) in Turkey will place warning labels on alcoholic beverage bottles and packaging within the next ten months.

Health warnings will appear on alcoholic containers that clearly mention the quantity of alcohol for consumers. Any bottles or packages that do not carry a warning message cannot be sold, and businesses that do not comply with the new labelling rules will not be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages.

Three graphic warning signs will be displayed as well as a written message on each beverage. The labels warn against drink driving, alcohol consumption while pregnant and underage drinking.

They are three times bigger than warning labels that appear on bottles in the US and seven times bigger than labels in France.

According to TAPDK, the warnings will have specific font sizes according to the mass of the packages and will not be allowed to be hidden, covered, cut out or placed on separate items. Enclosed by a red frame, the warnings and messages will be printed in black on a background of white colour.