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Poland in dispute over apple wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

BRUSSELS: European Union (EU) under fire for its proposal to ban the marketing of wine made from apples

The Polish delegation is pushing for the wine definition to be expanded to include fruits other than grapes.

In a meeting with EU agriculture ministers in Brussels, the delegation disputed reforms that would put a ban on the marketing of wine that is made of fruits other than wine.

Poland's vice-minister of agriculture, Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, said: "In Poland for centuries a traditional wine has been produced from apples.

"In this part of Europe, because of climate conditions, one does not grow grapes."

An EU spokesman for agriculture and rural affairs stressed a decision has not yet been decided.

Other countries disputing the proposed reform include Sweden, Finland and Germany.