Beer petition

Cans of Budweiser beer are displayed in a deli on February 27, 2013 in New York City. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images / February 27, 2013)

A high-profile food blogger has launched a petition to persuade major beer companies to list their ingredients.

Vani Hari, known as the “Food Babe,” has started an online campaign urging Anheuser-Busch and Chicago-based MillerCoors to disclose a full set of ingredients for consumers to see. While food and drinks have strict nutrition labeling standards, beer, wine and pure alcohol are generally not required to list every ingredient.

Hari argues that some beer contains “a long list of controversial additives.” Beer companies are required to list certain known allergens on their labels.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer research organization, applauded the petition, noting in a statement Wednesday that it petitioned and then sued the U.S. government to reveal beer ingredients three decades 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," the organization said. "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."