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Sulfite suit victorious.

A U.S. District Court judge has ordered the Treasury Department to reinstate, by April 30, a law requiring that alcoholic beverages carry ingredient labels or instructions on how consummers can obtain an ingredients list. The suit to reinstate the law was brought by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, D.C.-based consumer group, in large measure to see that beverages containing sulfites (SN:8/17/85, p. 100) be identified as such. Asthmatics have been known to suffer life-threatening allergic reactions after consuming the preservative. According to CSPI, sulfites are used in most wines and many beers.

Treasury's labeling law, originally passed in 1980, was rescinded a year later--two years before it was to take effect.
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Title Annotation:alcoholic beverages must provide ingredient labels
Publication:Science News
Date:Nov 23, 1985
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