Wine and Spirits Association urges more safety consideration

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The Wine and Spirits Association (WSA) has urged the food and drink industry to act now to make sure it complies with proposed food safety...

The Wine and Spirits Association (WSA) has urged the food and drink industry to act now to make sure it complies with proposed food safety legislation.

Both the government and European Parliament have said they want systems in place to monitor food safety from "farm to fork" - or "grape to glass" in the case of the wine trade - and a WSA seminar last month heard that wine producers should be acting now to ensure they comply.

So-called tracebility legislation is aimed at ensuring there is no recurrence of the scares surrounding BSE, GM products or outbreaks of salmonella, for example. The laws are likely to require new labelling of products and manufacturers will need to be aware of the origins of all ingredients they use.

The WSA has already issued a voluntary code of practice for its members, available online at www.wsaonline.org, to help encourage good practice.

Angela Muir, co-author of the code, said: "Tracebility will become a requirement for the food and drink industries so it is essential that the wine trade finds a workable system."

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