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Sovio drink - not wine

An independent assessor has backed the Food Standards Agency's refusal to allow the sale of 'Sovio Wine' in the UK.

The assessor was appointed by the FSA with the agreement of DB wines, the manufacturer of Sovio, to review the FSA's decision to prevent the UK sale of the drink. The producers descibed the drink as a 'naturally light semi-sparkling wine' but it was made with a European-banned technique called 'spinning cone' to reduce its alcohol content.

The FSA issued a formal Movement Control Notice to DB Wines last September. The company subsequently asked for an independent review of the notice which has concluded that the drink does indeed breach the regulations and the order should stand.

Sarah Appleby, Head of Imported Food at the FSA, said:

'The consumer should not be misled into thinking that this product is a sparkling wine. Sovio "wine" uses an experimental technique for the removal of alcohol called "spinning cone", which is currently not allowed to be sold in the UK, according to regulations set down by Europe.

'The FSA is not trying to ban low alcohol wines, but this product does not comply with either the labelling rules or the legislation on wine-making methods. If re-labelled under a different name, not using the term wine in any way that may cause confusion with wine or table wine produced traditionally, it might be able to be sold in the UK.'

They are going to have to update their website! Sovio white and pink are listed at for £11.79 for 4 bottles.

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