Domestic Wine Importers and Agents Should Be Concerned About the Safety of Imported Wine Additives


There are 13 batches of imported grape wine have been prohibited entry by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China(AQSIQ), which announced the information about the no access food, cosmetics in April 2017. The disqualification reason is that the poor packaging, over use of the sodium saccharin, unqualified certificate, unqualified proof material and the excessive use of potassium sorbate.

“Food additive” means any synthetic compound or natural substance put into food to improve its quality, colour, fragrance or taste, or for the sake of preservation or processing. The use of additives in imported food must conforms with the requirements of China’s food safety standards. For example, Sodium saccharin is one type of the sweetener but not allow using in the grape wine according to the Standards of using food additives in China. Food additives have use scope and dosage requirements. Potassium sorbate is an acidic preservative which allow using in the grape wine. Sorbic acid and potassium in maximum amount of wine is 0.2 g/kg(Sorbic acid) according to the Standards of using food additives in China.

It is a Common phenomenon that the imported grape wine is unqualified because of mixed in forbidden food additives. The AQSIQ should remind the wine importer and distributor to pay attention to the safety of food additives when engaging in wine import trade. The AQSIQ need to master the quality of imported wine requirements and notifying the exporter. In addition, the AQSIQ also need to evaluate the quality of imported products to avoid trading loss caused by violation of food safety standards.

(WABA Secretariat Office)