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EU allows more time for allergen labelling

Published:  26 February, 2009

The WSTA is celebrating a European Commission decision to allow wineries more time to comply with regulations on the labelling of allergens in wines.

The EU is extending the deadline for mandatory labelling of allergens until the end of 2010 following strong representations by the WSTA and other wine bodies, supported by the UK Government.

The WSTA said the extension from May 31 this year "will save wine businesses thousands of pounds associated with the costs of re-labelling product ranges".

All wine producers will not have to indicate levels of egg and milk content in their products until December 31 2010.

Jeremy Beadles, chief executive of the WSTA, said: "The extension granted by the EU is a commonsense approach and is to be welcomed.

"It will will help businesses in what remains a tough economic climate but also ensure labelling requirements are ultimately met in a fair way."