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The mandatory labelling of ingredients and nutritional values on wine labels from 8 December is causing a stir among the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV), the association of European wine entrepreneurs, just a few days before it comes into force. The EU Commission clarified in a notice on 24 November that if a QR code is used on the label, the information must all be placed "in the same visible area" and the list of ingredients must also be preceded by a heading containing the word "ingredients".

According to CEEV, this late specification would render "many hundreds of millions of labels already printed" unusable, as the QR code on these was only labelled with an "i" (for "information") and called on the Commission to amend the directives. Some EU countries, including France, Italy and Spain, have joined the demand.

Aswein.plus already reported in June, a list of ingredients must begin with the word "Ingredients:", followed by the list of ingredients used in descending order of quantity (mass). The declaration of additives and processing aids that could trigger allergies and are "still present in the final product" is mandatory for wines and sparkling wines produced from 8 December 2023 onwards for which the second fermentation has taken place. The regulation was already adopted in 2021 with a transitional period.

(al / source: Winenews, drinksbusiness)

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