Thursday, February 26, 2009



EU Agrees Further Concession on Allergen Labelling

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The European Commission has agreed to extend the deadline for mandatory labelling of allergens in wines until the end of 2010 following strong representations by the WSTA and other wine bodies, supported by the UK Government.

The extension from May 31 this year will save wine businesses thousands of pounds associated with the costs of re-labelling product ranges.

Late last year regulators agreed to adopt a flexible approach to the existing deadline to give some latitude to Southern Hemisphere wine producers facing the cost of re-labelling during the middle of the bottling process.

Now all wine producers will have an exemption from the requirement to indicate levels of egg and milk content in their products until December 31 2010.

Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the WSTA, said: "The extension granted by the EU is a common sense approach and is to be welcomed. It will will help businesses in what remains a tough economic climate but also ensure labelling requirements are ultimately met in a fair way. "

Notes to Editors:
1. Established in 1824, the WSTA represents the whole of the wine and spirit supply chain including producers, importers, wholesalers, bottlers, warehouse keepers, logistics specialists, brand owners, licensed retailers and consultants.

With over 330 members the WSTA works to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol and to share best practice with the entire trade.



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