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article imageWhat's in that beer? Anheuser-Busch reveals list of ingredients

By Malysa Stratton Louk     Jun 13, 2014 in Food
Anheuser-Busch revealed the ingredients used to make Budweiser and Bud Light beers after food blogger, Vani Hari, started a petition, gathering 44,000 signatures the same day.
Public pressure forced the company to reveal the list of ingredients used to process their beers. USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) regulates the packaging of meat products in the U.S. while the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulates, among other things, packaged foods and beverages — except alcohol.
Alcohol is regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in the United States and is not subject to the same labeling requirements as other beverages.
According to TIME magazine, Hari started the petition when she "grew concerned about the beer after discovering there is a long list of additives the government has approved for use." High fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, stabilizers and fish bladders were among the ingredients suspected in mainstream beers.
As a result of the petition and public pressure, Anheuser-Busch agreed to release the ingredients used in making their beers, starting with Budweiser and Bud Light. Both are reported by the company to contain water, barley malt, rice, yeast and hops.
Although the ingredients are the same in both, Bud Light has a slightly lower alcohol content, fewer carbohydrates and less protein. Anheuser-Busch is expected to reveal the ingredients for their other brands — Beck’s, Michelob and Stella Artois — soon.
The International Center for Alcohol Policies lists alcohol labeling requirements by country. In the U.S, the TTB only requires certain ingredients to be listed.
~FD&C yellow no. 5
~Saccharin
~Sulfites
~Aspartame (malt beverages only)
~Cochineal extract and carmine (color additives)
Some countries have similar labeling requirements regarding sulfites or additives, while others have either no requirement or require all ingredients to be listed.
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