By Nathan Gogoll
SOMETIMES truth is stranger than fiction. But not when it comes to labels on food and wine. Because if labels say anything it must be true.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is responsible for what information has to be on a packet of frozen berries from China and sold to you ‘cheap, cheap’ in your nearest supermarket. There have been some problems with those.
The same organisation is responsible for enforcing the rules that govern what you find on a wine label.
The code is designed to stop products from being labelled as something they’re not. The name or description on the packaging must indicate the true nature of what’s inside.
So when a newsletter from wotwine, a London website that offers advice on choosing which wine to buy in supermarkets, recently drew attention to a ‘wine-based drink’ on the shelves next to real wine and said this was “blatantly misleading customers” it raised a few eyebrows. Continue reading