Suntory has begun a voluntary product recall. The Japanese alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages producer and distributor is to recall 27,660 bottles of two brands of the Santa Carolina special selection wines imported from Chile.

The recall follows the omission of some information on the labels regarding a preservative used in both brands of wine. A health care centre in Osaka notified Suntory of the error. The information missing refers to the content of sorbic acid in the wine.

The wines affected by the recall are from the Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 and Sauvignon Blanc 2003 grape crops and were ordered and delivered to retail outlets prior to April 2004.

The sorbic acid content was mentioned in the certificate of analysis received with the wine from Chile, but the producer had omitted it on the labels of the bottles.