On May 15, 2000, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Ninth Report on Carcinogens, for the first time including the consumption of alcoholic beverages as "known to be a human carcinogen." The report, based on three years of study that included three scientific reviews and public comment from scientists, consumers and other interested parties, confirms a mountain of evidence that has been piling up for decades on the effects of alcohol consumption. According to the report:
The NTP Report has immediate implications for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' current review of the permissibility of health claims and health-related statements in alcohol labeling and advertising, and may lead to calls for the labeling of alcoholic beverages with warnings about cancer risks. Currently, under BATF regulations (27 CFR 4.32, 5.32, and 7.22), alcoholic beverages that contain saccharin must warn of the cancer risk associated with saccharin consumption. We note, however, that saccharin was removed from the list of "known human carcinogens" in NTP's Ninth Report and that BATF may come under pressure to drop that labeling requirement.
May 19, 2000