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Law in Ireland, protest in Italy

Rome: Protests in Italy against Ireland’s demand for health warning labels on Italian wine bottles.

The Irish government is considering putting a cancer warning on bottles of Italian wine, beer, and spirits sold in Ireland.

According to Irish media, excessive wine consumption can increase the risk of liver disease, and the risks of drinking wine while pregnant are clearly stated on the label.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani has previously criticised Ireland’s decision to place a health warning on Italian wine as absurd and does not take into account “the difference between the consumption of wine and the consumption of alcohol”.

With a turnover of more than €14 billion, Italy is the world’s leading wine-producing exporter, and Italian farmers’ group Coldiretti said Dublin’s move would set a “dangerous precedent” in the EU.

Last day, the organisation described the move as a “direct attack” on Italy.

Italy is a major exporter of wine, Coldiretti noted, with more than half of the industry’s annual revenue of 14 billion euros coming from abroad.

Representatives from 20 regions of Italy have now approached the EU in a united protest against the Irish government’s new move.

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) formally requested a debate. This will be discussed at the “Next Plenary Session” on May 24–25 in Brussels.

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