THE WINE AND SPIRIT BOARD
,,,,, TO ALL PRODUCERS/EXPORTERS OF WINE AND SUPPLIERS OF GRAPE MUST PRODUCTS
,PIMARIZIN/NATAMYCIN IN WINE – NOT ALLOWED FOR EXPORT: LIQUOR PRODUCTS ACT, ACT 60 OF 1989
All producers and exporters of wine, including suppliers of grape must products, should note that Natamycin, also known as Pimarizin (listed in Table 6 of the regulations under the Liquor Products Act, Act 60 of 1989, as an allowed additive for the local market) may not be used in wine intended for export to many countries, including the European Union, USA, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
,Although Natamycin is used in the food industry as a preservative and is widely used for products such as cheese and sausages in Europe, its use is not permitted in wine., Germany has implemented a method of analysis that can effectively test for trace amounts of Natamycin., Some South African wines have already tested positively for the presence of Natamycin and these wines were blocked in Germany.
,Kindly note that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has implemented a similar method and is now actively screening all exports for the presence of Natamycin., Should any exports be found to contain this additive, the consignment of wine will be rejected for export., The Department will identify and contact the producers of such wines and will then focus its attention on screening all the wines of that specific producer.
,We appeal for your assistance in informing all your suppliers that the use of Natamycin/Pimarizin to these markets and specifically to Europe, is illegal., The use of this product in wine for export can potentially be damaging to the international image of South African wine., The Department also encourages producers to find alternatives to Natamycin, for example Dimethyl-dicarbonate (DMDC), as DMDC is allowed internationally.
,Your cooperation and assistance in ensuring compliance is appreciated, especially to uphold the image of the South Africa wine industry.
,THE ADMINISTERING OFFICER:, ACT 60 OF 1989
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