Attorney Bruno Fagali of Fagali Advocacy in Sao Paulo says that people have a right to know what they are eating and drinking. That is why he supports a new Brazilian law in regards to beer labels. To this point brewers selling beer in Brazil have gotten to put “unmalted cereal” as one of the ingredients in beer.
Most people know that beer has water, barley malt, and hops in it. They also contain “unmalted cereals” which is actually a catch-all term that doesn’t actually tell you what it is. It could be corn, oats, sorghum, rice, or soy. It could also be some mix of two or more of these together. To this point what exactly the beer is made of has been a mystery to consumers.
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Now, Bruno Fagali says that a new federal law passed that requires brewers to tell their customers just what it actually is in their beer. A federal law about this could have been avoided if the four major brewers would have cooperated with one another after a public civil action had been put in place against them. Instead, they squabbled and couldn’t agree on how to address this issue. So, a judge made the decision for them which Bruno Fagali says was very well reasoned out.
As an attorney Bruno Fagali sees issues like this regularly crop up. He is an attorney who handles cases which involve fraud, corruption, regulatory law, urban law, and other areas of the law. He also serves in the role of corporate integrity manager for one of Brazil’s biggest advertising agencies, Nova/sb. He has been doing this job for over three years in addition to running his own legal firm, Fagali Advocacy.
Bruno Fagali says that some people wonder if the ruling about beer labels is practical or not, given that brewers need to change up what “unmalted cereal” they are using depending on what is available and at a good cost among other factors. The judge rejected this, though, because consumers right to know what they are eating and drinking far outweighs brewers being able to hide behind a term that doesn’t inform consumers.
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