The president of the Agriculture Commission explains that the act “commits the government to oppose the label everywhere, strengthens its action and gives it a stronger mandate to act before the WTO and the EU Court of Justice”.
“A resolution against the labeling of Irish wine as a health risk was voted unanimously today in the House Agriculture Committee, by all parties.” This was reported by the president of the Commission Mirco Carloni to Adnkronos, explaining that this document “commits the government to fight in every place, strengthens its action and gives it a stronger mandate to act before the WTO and the EU Court of Justice” . The resolution highlights how the introduction of the health risk in the labeling of wine and beer is “a harmful and detrimental element of the national interest, in particular of the agricultural heritage”. The unanimous vote also represents “an important moment: the national interest goes beyond the interest of the party” underlined President Carloni with obvious satisfaction.
“Wine is not only an alcohol-based drink – he adds – it is also a food and in particular some substances of red wine have positive functions on the body: consumed in the right doses it is good for you, as has been demonstrated by some scientists in the work introduction to this commission”.
Carloni believes that the Irish label is an attack on made in Italy production. “It’s like hitting the heart of the national interest of Italian wine – he explains – given that Italy is the leading wine producer in the world and a major exporter. There are various factors that make us sensitive to this issue and we cannot pretend nothing happened. The Irish don’t produce wine but they have the highest alcoholic rate in Europe, we have the largest wine production and the lowest alcoholic rate”. The deputy also reports that he met the French ambassador yesterday and asked him to carry out joint work with other European wine-producing countries “to rebel against this identification of wine solely as an alcohol-based product”.