A well-known food blogger is taking two major beer companies to task by starting an online petition asking them to publish the ingredients in their brews.
Vani Hari is known as the “Food Babe” on her popular blog, and throughout her career, she has never shied away from exposing the truth about what’s really in the world’s most popular drinks and foods. Her latest investigation sets out to uncover why beer companies do not publish their ingredients and what exactly they are trying to hide.
“I have to confess, my husband loves beer,” writes Hari on her petition. “So I had to figure out the truth. There is a long list of ingredients allowed in beer – like high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, stabilizers that are linked to intestinal inflammation, artificial colors, ingredients found in airplane deicing liquid, genetically modified ingredients, even fish swim bladders. But, why are the ingredients not listed on the label? What’s really in beer? Which brands can we trust to avoid these additives?”
Hari is specifically targeting Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, arguably the two most popular brewers in the world, to get them to publish their list of ingredients. Companies are required by law to list potential allergens on their labels, but Hari notes that neither has been forthcoming about what actually is in these popular beers.
“When I called and emailed these companies, they gave me the runaround about their ingredients – providing basic information but not the full story,” continues Hari on the petition site. “I think this petition will allow one of these two companies to be the leader (or both) to really make a difference. Posting ingredients online won’t require any confusing, time-consuming government involvement. And posting the full list of ingredients won’t cost them any money, either. In fact, it’s probably a good thing since it will attract even more people to their websites and show consumers that they care about the quality of their products.”
Hari says that many beers contain “a long list of controversial additives,” and the Center for Science in the Public Interest is applauding her efforts to force the beer companies to be forthcoming after their own failed efforts 30 years ago.
"The government used to publish a list of permitted ingredients in beer, which included food dyes, foam enhancers, preservatives, sweeteners, enzyme, and chill-proofing agents," said the organization. "Ingredients like propylene glycol alginate, Red 40, caramel coloring, and others should certainly be listed on labels in case consumers are concerned about allergens or simply troubled by beers that contain a raft of additives."
So far, the petition has garnered close to 35,000 signatures in just one day.
After this story was published, an Anheuser-Busch company spokesperson reached out to Opposing Views with a statement regarding Vani Hari and her petition.