AN Australian specialist lawyer has warned the grocery industry that regulators may target alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and perceived unhealthy foods to introduce graphic warning labels similar to tobacco.

His law firm is already taking on the World Trade Organisation on behalf of British American Tobacco over packaging issues and has told Australian media that tobacco is now the “canary in the coal mine” for labeling and warning changes. He said some of these litigations against the food industry jump the border like a virus and strip products of their branding.