Independent audit results in the UK show that the vast majority of alcohol products conform to Portman Group responsibility standards.
As part of its ongoing compliance work, the Portman Group appointed independent consultants, Campden BRI, to audit a random sample of 500 alcoholic drinks in supermarkets, convenience stores and off-licences. The vast majority of the sample (92.3%) was compliant with the Portman Group Code of Practice.
7.7% of the sample were identified by Campden as having issues which could potentially put them in breach of the Code. The Portman Group is contacting the companies involved to discuss the findings and companies will have three months to make any changes to their product packaging. If the issues cannot be resolved they will be referred to the Independent Complaints Panel to investigate a potential breach.Kay Perry, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Portman Group, said: “This independent audit has confirmed what we know – that the overwhelming majority of alcohol producers package their products responsibly and are compliant with the Code. The Portman Group commissions market audits on an adhoc basis to test market compliance with the Code. Individual products and companies are only named if they become the subject of a formal complaint and subsequent ruling by the ICP.