Thursday, 10 January 2008

Chilean Wines Checked for Insecticides

According to the wine inspection offices in the German federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz have announced they will be increasing their spot checks on Chilean wines. This is as a result of finding a Merlot that had extremely high levels of insecticide residues.

Following reports from the Netherlands, the wine inspection office in Rheinland-Pfalz has taken around 4.000 bottles of a 2005 vintage Merlot from Chile out of circulation. Analyses showed insecticide levels of 1,3 mg per litre- significantly more than the permitted limit of 0,05 mg (per kilogramme of grapes).

However, the office reports, there was no danger to health. Nevertheless, the wine inspection offices in Rheinland-Pfalz are using this as a reason to increase their controls of Chilean wines.

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