Labelling law will not cover beer

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An EC threat to insist that the traditional British pint be served up with a 'warning: contains fish products' label has been fought off.Yorkshire...

An EC threat to insist that the traditional British pint be served up with a 'warning: contains fish products' label has been fought off.

Yorkshire MEP Timothy Kirkhope raised the concerns of UK brewers with European bureaucrats after it emerged that a plan to introduce a fish products labelling law would cover beer.

The intention was to guard against allergic reactions and would have required a warning label on bottles and fonts.

The controversy focused on isinglass, the fish product which has been used in the production of beer and wine for centuries. It is not present in the end product and has not caused a single recorded allergic reaction.

Following the MEP's intervention, the EC has now agreed to alter the proposals to remove the labelling threat to isinglass.

Mr Kirkhope said: "This is brilliant news and I am delighted that this threat has been lifted because, while safe listing of food and drink is hugely important, this proposal was a step too far.

"Without any evidence that isinglass has a detrimental effect on drinkers' health, this would have proved a catastrophic move based on unsubstantiated fears."

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