Rospotrebnadzor removes from turnover U.S. wine with excessive content of harmful substances

The Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) has removed from turnover a batch of U.S. alcoholic beverages that fail to meet legal requirements.

Bottles of alcoholic beverages at Vinoteca.ru wine shop. Source: TASS/ Artyom Korotayev

The Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) has removed from turnover a batch of U.S. alcoholic beverages that fail to meet legal requirements.

"Violations of sanitary-epidemiological wellbeing laws have been uncovered in the turnover of U.S. alcoholic beverages: dry red wine Geyser Peak Merlot made by Geyser Peak Winery, sweet white wine Crane Lake Moscato made by Crane Lake Cellars and semi-dry white wine Gnarly Head Chardonnay made by Dellicato Family Vineyards, says a report posted on the service's website.

Tests revealed an excessive concentration of phthalate in Gnarly Head Chardonnay and an excessive concentration of phthalate and bifenazate pesticide in Geyser Peak Merlot and Crane Lake Moscato.

"Bifenazate pesticide is used in growing grape as a contact-action acaricide with lasting residual effect for fighting herbivorous mites. Phthalate belongs to substances of the first sanitary toxicological hazard category and can cause functional and, in a longer period, organic changes in the central and peripheral nervous system and the endocrine system, as well as cancer and sterility in men and women," Rospotrebnadzor said.

Batches of the U.S. products, which failed to meet legal requirements, were removed from turnover. Rospotrebnadzor is conducting controlling and supervisory procedures in connection with this case.

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