Aug 3, 2000French Aperitif Wine Label With
No Sulfite Declaration
(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
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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