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European Union Releases Implementing Regulation on Spirit Drink Test Methods

June 17, 2016

The European Commission (EC) released Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/635 Amending the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2870/2000 as Regards certain Reference Methods for the Analysis of Spirit Drinks.

The release of the regulation follows the recognition of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) method of analysis for the determination of principal compounds coming from wood in its Resolution OIV/OENO 382A/2009.

The regulation covers the addition of the determination of the following wood compounds:

  • Furfural
  • 5-hydroxymethylfurfural
  • 5-methylfurfural
  • Vanillin
  • Syringaldehyde
  • Coniferaldehyde
  • Sinapaldehyde
  • Gallic acid
  • Ellagic acid
  • Vanillic acid
  • Syringic acid
  • Scopoletin

The regulation became effective on April 26, 2016.

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