The proposals mean that from 25 November, firms marketing brands across several EU states would have to label goods in all relevant languages or risk having them removed from the market.
John Corbet-Milward, head of technical and international affairs at the WSTA, said the proposal was unreasonable as it could cause considerable difficulty to print labels in so many languages.
The WSTA has been working with the Comite Europeen des Enterprises Vins (CEEV) on a formal response to the EC. They propose allergen warnings should be given 'in one other official language of the Community so that a reasonable consumer in any EU member state can understand it'.
In April the Wine and Spirits Association renamed itself the Wine and Spirits Trade Association to give it greater relevance across the alcohol industry.
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