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Aug 3, 2000

French Aperitif Wine Label With No Sulfite Declaration

Washington (SafetyAlerts) - Premiere Wine Merchants (Premiere), an importer located in New York, New York, notified the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) that they have voluntarily detained French aperitif wine products with the brand name "Lillet", that had been imported without the mandatory "contains sulfites" statement.

Approximately 19,000 cases of Lillet French Aperitif Wines were imported into the United States for distribution without the mandatory statement. Approximately 10,000 cases reached the retail market. Premiere Wine Merchants is taking steps to correct this situation. Premiere has notified its wholesalers to stop selling "Lillet". The company has also issued a press release, posted an advisory on their web site, and established a toll free telephone number to advise retailers and consumers of this health issue.

ATF requires the statement "contains sulfites" or a similar statement to appear on the product label of any alcohol beverage product that contains 10 or more parts per million. This requirement is in place to alert individuals who are sensitive to sulfites. Consumers should be aware that most wines contain some level of sulfites.

ATF advises consumers that products with the brand name "Lillet" contain sulfites, even though those products may not have the required sulfite label.

Consumers with questions can contact Premiere at 212-399-4200 or 800-858-9898.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers August 3, 2000.

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