Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2016

Council Minutes, 15 January 2016

SPIRITS – Council discussions: Spirit drinks - Definition of the category 'Liqueur'

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting:

The Council decided not to oppose adoption by the Commission of an amendment to annex II to regulation 110/2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks (14767/15 + ADD 1)

The regulation adjusts and details the definition of spirit drinks of the category 'Liqueur' which can be made either by flavouring ethyl alcohol or a distillate of agricultural origin or one or more spirit drinks or a mixture thereof, or by adding products of agricultural origin or foodstuffs.

The regulation is subject to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny. The Commission may adopt it, unless the European Parliament objects.

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