Wine, European producers ask to suspend label guidelines

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After the three-month exemption to adapt to the new EU rules on labels, granted yesterday to the wineries by the Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry Francesco Lollobrigida, the first reactions from the producers are arriving.

«We express satisfaction with the significant commitment of Minister Lollobrigida in postponing the application of the new community wine labeling rules – said Micaela Pallini, president of Federvini -. A timely institutional response which demonstrates the understanding of the economic impact that the measure would have produced and which recognizes the diligent commitment of the companies in the Italian wine sector which had long ago aligned themselves with the requests of the European Commission”.

The Ministry decree authorizes the use and exhaustion of labels already in stock.

The issue of labels also creates discontent among European producers: in the context of uncertainty about the new rules on electronic labels with wine ingredients, Ceev (European Confederation of the wine sector) asks «the European Commission, the Member States and the European Parliament to work together to agree on a shared and harmonized interpretation on the identification of the QR-code”, said Ignacio Sánchez Recarte, general secretary of the Confederation.

«While this work is ongoing, we ask that the interpretation contained in the Commission guidelines on how the QR code should be identified on the label be suspended – added Recarte – and that QR code labels can be used without being contested by supervisory authority”.

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