Recently, long-established USDA organic wine standards have come under attack. A group made up of foreign and domestic wine producers and distributors seeks to change current established US organic wine standards to allow a synthetic preservative called sulfite, a known allergen, to be added to organic wine.
Organic wine in the US has always been defined as “made with organic grapes and no added sulfites.” The proposed amendment would allow the addition of sulfites to organic wine for the first time. The new proposal would allow adding up to 100 times the amount of sulfites that occur naturally in organic wine. Consumers purchasing organic wines over the years have come to expect that organic wines do not have synthetic sulfites added.
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