NC ‘food babe’ gets beer companies to post ingredients online

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — High fructose corn syrup, rice syrup, dextrose syrup: Do you know what’s in your beer this holiday weekend?

“With everything else, you get garbage in, garbage out, so, with beer especially, ingredients definitely matter,” said NoDa 101 co-owner Michael Felt, according to WSOC-TV.

Federal agencies, like the Food and Drug Administration and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, don’t require beer companies to label ingredients on their products, but, even though they don’t demand it, a Charlotte woman did.

Vani Hari

Vani Hari

Vani Hari, known by many as “Food Babe,” the blogger who pressured Subway to drop a chemical from its bread, spent the last year or two, leaning on big beer to reveal its ingredients.

“It was so much about transparency. What’s in our beer? What are we drinking?” she said.

One petition and more than 40,000 signatures later, Miller Coors and Anheuser-Busch agreed to post their ingredients online.  Anheuser-Busch sent Action 9 a statement, saying:

“We provide significant information about our beer and their nutritional content through both our consumer hotline (1-800-DIAL-BUD) and our global consumer-information, which we have expanded over the years.  This exceeds what is required of alcohol producers and is beyond what many other beer, wine and hard liquor producers provide.  However, as American consumer needs evolve, we want to meet their expectations.  Therefore, we are working to list our beer ingredients on our website, just as you would see for other food and non-alcohol beverage producers.  We are beginning immediately, having incorporated this information on for our flagship brands, Budweiser and Bud Light, and will be listing this for our other brands in the coming days.”

Action 9 went online and searched some of the more common Anheuser-Busch beers.  None list any unusual chemicals or preservatives.  But some do use sweeteners, like high fructose corn syrup, rice syrup, or dextrose syrup.

Various published reports indicate other well-known beers, not part of Anheuser-Busch or Miller Coors, use less known fillers, like “fish bladder” to clarify beer and propylene glycol, a product found in anti-freeze, but approved for use as a food stabilizer.

Hari still wants all beer companies to post ingredients, and not just online, but on the products themselves.


  • jliles1205

    Naaaaaannnnie help me please- I can’t figure out which beer to drink… please help me and tell me what to drink. Michelle O already tells my kids what to eat at school, and the FDA is jacking up the price of everything with useless regulation. We meed a National Food Tsar- will you be our prophetess oh Nannie Hari?

    • JT

      No one is telling you what to drink or what you should feed your kids. Contrary to popular belief, the sky is not falling, Chicken Little. But if you feel threatened, please, by all means, eat non-FDA approved meat and wash it down with a tall glass of bacon grease. Some problems will then take care of themselves…

      • JT

        No, Liles–it’s just that the comments you post looks so outrageous and stupid most of the time it’s hard to tell if you really believe the stupid things you post or if you are just trolling.

      • jliles1205

        Let me help you out..
        “n. Extreme exaggeration or overstatement; especially as a literary or rhetorical device.
        n. Deliberate exaggeration.
        n. An instance or example of this technique.”
        I realize it’s a difficult concept for you to understand, but all of my statements since the beginning of ever will stand as stated.
        And that ain’t hyperbole, Bucky…

  • Mark

    Reporting the use of HFCS in brewing as a ‘sweetener is ignorant and irresponsible. It’s use provides a source of alcohol replacing some whole grains. The primary function is not to sweeten beer

  • Mr. Liquid Bread

    She gets a pat on the back for getting them to reveal what exactly? They didn’t mention any of the ingredients she claimed that were in beer? So why is this news?

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