The federal government has rejected a request from the misnamed Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which could have forced new, garish warning labels on all beer, wine, and liquor. CSPI actually wanted warning labels on the front of every retail alcohol package, featuring a bright red triangle with an “exclamation point” inside.
But despite CSPI’s lobbying and e-mail “action alerts,” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has decided that the current regulations — which already mandate that warnings appear in a “conspicuous and prominent place” — are sufficient.
This latest decision is reminiscent of CSPI’s last failed attempt to demonize adult beverages. In June the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) refused to side with CSPI’s chief booze-hater, George Hacker, who had argued that sweetened “malternative” beverages were being marketed to underage drinkers. Crossfire co-host Robert Novak told Hacker point-blank: “the federal government says you haven’t got a leg to stand on.”