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The Secretary General of the Spanish Wine and Spirit Association, José Luis Beneyto, has called on the EU Commission not to pursue a "Taliban" policy on future compulsory labelling. At a meeting with Spanish DO officials, he warned that the BECA Special Commission on Combating Cancer had proposed to label alcoholic beverages, wine and sparkling wine with a warning indicating the possible cancer risk. He said the Commission should not follow this.

The concrete details of the labelling obligation are currently being discussed in the EU institutions. Nevertheless, the European Commission could change the regulation on the labelling of food and beverages as early as 2023: Some officials of the EU's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, for example, have already suggested that wine bottles should bear similar notices to the "Smoking Kills" inscription on cigarette packets.

(uka / Photo: Georges Boulougouris - European Union 2022)