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Budweiser beer ingredients as well as several MillerCoors beers have now been made available to consumers for the first time, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors announced last week.

The companies were pressured by the outspoken food blogger Vani Hari on her blog FoodBabe.com. Hari posted a petition, urging the brands to disclose the Coors and Budweiser beer ingredients.

Beer producers do not have to list their ingredients because the FDA does not regulate beer, the U.S. Department of the Treasury does.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Hari’s petition received more than 40,000 signatures in just 24 hours. “On her blog, she claimed a long list of ingredients were allowed in some beers, including high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, stabilizers, artificial colors, genetically modified ingredients and fish swim bladders.”

Budweiser’s ingredients list included only six ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Rice, Yeast, Hops. MillerCoors ingredients were also quite similar. It listed ingredients on eight beers:
Coors Light: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
Coors Banquet: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
Miller Lite: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
Miller High Life: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
Miller Genuine Draft: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
Miller Fortune: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
Keystone Light: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
Blue Moon Belgian White: Water, barley malt, wheat, oats, yeast, hops, orange peel and coriander

Terri Vogt, vice president of communications at Anheuser-Busch said in an email to Hari, which she posted on FoodBabe.com: “As Americans consumer needs evolve, we want to meet their expectations,” adding, “Therefore, we are working to list our beer ingredients on our website, just as you would see for other food and non-alcoholic beverage producers.”

“I am thrilled with Anheuser-Busch’s quick response and can’t wait to see the ingredients of all of their beers online,” Hari wrote on her website. “It’s pretty amazing that making your voice heard can change the policies of a multi-billion dollar company overnight.”

Hari has been on a roll lately in getting companies to take swift action. She recently also petitioned Subway about azodicarbonamide, a controversial ingredient that was in its bread. The company announced it was removing it shortly after she started her campaign.

Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger

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