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11/07/2012

Eurocare welcomes the requirement for allergen labelling in wine for milk, egg and sulphites

European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) welcomes the introduction of labelling requirement for allergens in wine.

Regulation 579/2012[i] has finally put an end to derogations that the wine sector has been successfully obtaining over the last years. The producers are required to state the presence in the final product of: (i) eggs and egg based products, (ii) sulphites/ sulphites, (iii) milk and milk based products. This listing might be accompanied by pictograms which could improve the readability of the information provided to consumers.

However, there is no specification on the size of the pictograms. "We expect the wine industry to step up and show their commitment to inform and protect consumers, by making the information clearly visible and readable on the label", said Mariann Skar, Eurocare Secretary General.

[i] Retrieved from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:171:0004:0007:EN:PDF