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Vintners unaware of label rules

Update: December, 29/2012 - 09:50


A woman distills wine at her house in northern Bac Ninh Province's Yen Phong District. — VNA/VNS Photo Truong Vi
HA NOI (VNS)— On January 1, all wine produced in Viet Nam must bear a label saying that the company has been licensed by the Government.

However, many local wine manufacturers are still unaware of the regulation, particularly home-made rice wine distilleries.

The Government's recently-issued Decree 94/2-12/ND-CP states that all wines manufactured or imported for domestic consumption must be labelled from January 1.

The labels will only be granted to organisations or individuals with licences for wine production or wine importation.

Wine producers without licences must register with local authorities and will only be allowed to sell their liquor to those with licences for re-processing.

A survey by Lao Dong (Labour) Newspaper at localities famous for wine production showed that most producers did not know of the new regulation.

Nguyen Thi Tam, owner of a rice-wine brewery in Ta Thanh Oai commune in the Thanh Tri District of Ha Noi, was quoted by the newspaper as asking why she must register with local authorities when her wine was only for local consumption.

"If the regulation takes effect, who will be in charge of inspecting wine manufacturers? We do not care much about this regulation," she said.

Nguyen Xuan Binh from northern Bac Ninh Province's Tam Da Commune said the regulation was unworkable for the same reason.


Meanwhile, People's Committee chairman of My An Ward in central Da Nang City's Ngu Hanh Son District, Tran Van Thanh, told Lao Dong Newspaper that local authorities had not received any documents guiding enforcement.

Local traditional rice wine makers and traders were also unaware of the regulation, he said.

Nguyen Van Su, a rice wine producer in northern Ha Nam Province's Vu Ban commune, said it was essential to build a trademark for Vietnamese wine products but it would take time.

Experts have warned about the health hazard of drinking alcohol made from industrial alcohol plus additives and water.

Professor Nguyen Duy Thinh from the Institute of Bio-technology and Food Technology told Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper that many producers used industrial alcohol because it was cheaper. A litre of industrial alcohol can make three litres of wine.

However, the use of fake alcohol can poison or kill users after several hours of drinking, according to Thinh.

Symptoms include reeling, vertigo, headaches and stomach aches. Convulsions and death can follow.

On Wednesday, Ha Noi Market Watch impounded 5,000 bottles of wine produced using industrial alcohol at soft-drink and wine production units in the capital's Hoai Duc District. — VNS

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