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National Consumers League Urges Congressional Action on Wine Labeling Laws

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National Consumers League Urges Congressional Action on Wine Labeling Laws

Submitted By: Lewis Perdue, June 30, 2009
Consumer Rights Group Joins U.S. Wine Regions, Members of Congress in Calling for Fair and Accurate Wine Labels



WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Consumers League (NCL) has asked Members of Congress to support reform of U.S. wine labeling laws to better protect consumers' right to truth in labeling. U.S. law allows some domestic winemakers to use the place names of 16 internationally recognized regions on wines that are not produced in those areas, which ends up misleading consumers.



"These labeling problems mean both that wines can be sold abroad with labels that falsely suggest that they are from well known and highly-regarded winemaking regions in the U.S., and that American consumers may be victims of deceptive wine labeling," said NCL executive director Sally Greenberg.



The U.S. is poised to become the largest wine-consuming country in the world over the next few years, yet U.S. wine labeling laws a