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Monday, 6 January 2014

Olivier Cousin: excellent radio programme on France Inter

Olivier Cousin with his horses in front of the 
Tribunal d'Angers October 2013

Here is a podcast of the excellent radio programme (Interception) broadcast this weekend by France Inter that explores some of the issues surrounding the controversy Olivier Cousin. 

Since the controversy concerns a wine label, one of the areas the programme explores is why aren't wine labels obliged to list the ingredients used, when the composition of foodstuffs has to be detailed on the packets. Why should dog biscuits and energy bars be required to list ingredients when wine is exempted? The ingredients for non-alcoholic fruit juices are listed, so why not wine?

Shouldn't consumers have the right to know if sugar, acidity etc. has been added to their wine? When the ingredients' question is put to Patrice Laurendeau, president of the Fédération viticole de l'Anjou, his response that the appellation Anjou subsumes the need to list ingredients is notably unsatisfactory.  



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