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EU Agrees on Defination of Vodka

Published onsdag 25 oktober 2006 kl 11.41
Potatoes - a traditional vodka ingredient

European Union Agriculture Ministers have agreed on the definition of vodka.

They’ve accepted a compromise from Finland, which holds the rotating EU presidency, that vodka is made from grain, potatoes, or sugar beets, which are described as traditional products. If the beverage is made from other ingredients, including grapes, that will have to be indicated on the label.

Sweden, which along with Finland is a major vodka producer, has welcomed the agreement. The issue now goes to the European Parliament.

The EU ministers failed to accept a recommendation from fisheries experts for a total stop on cod fishing in the Baltic Sea. Instead they reduced the current quotas by between 6 and 10 percent.

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