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New whisky law announced

Published:  23 July, 2008

New EU spirit drinks law says whisky cannot be flavoured or sweetened.

Clearer definition of whisky to assist whisky distillers to tackle unfair and misleading practices overseas;

Whisky cannot be flavoured or sweetened;

New mechanisms to ensure national rules on Scotch whisky are enforced across the 27 EU Member states.

Nick Soper, Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) affairs director, said: "Improved EU protection for the traditional way of making Scotch whisky is a significant step forward.

"It will be easier to protect Scotch from unfair practices, supporting export success and the jobs that depend on that continued success.

"Throughout the campaign, the SWA has welcomed the support of the European Commission, Scottish Executive, UK Government and MEPs.

"Working together, we have secured an important result for Scottish distillers and the highest level of protection for Scotch whisky and consumers."

The vote by the plenary session of The European Parliament secured agreement at "First Reading' for a new EU Spirit Drink Regulation, which is likely to come into effect before the end of 2007.