A voluntary Code of Practice for the packaging of wine has been adopted by EFWSID (European Federation of Wine and Spirit Importers and Distributors). 

The code was created by the UK's Wine and Spirit Association (WSA) and its French equivalent, AFED. It sets out to ensure the minimisation of faults during the process of packaging wine, from receipt of bulk to the despatch of product to the consumer. 

John Corbet-Milward, head of technical and international affairs at the WSA, says, "We are constantly seeking ways to improve production standards to ensure that consumers are presented with only the best quality wines.  Part of our role is to help the industry find better ways to manage quality and to comply with - and anticipate - ever more stringent regulations.  This Code is an excellent guide for any company wishing to adhere to best practice, and now has the formal backing of wine importers and distributors in Europe."
 
A copy of the Code can be obtained from the Wine and Spirit Association on (tel.) 020 7248 5377 or email wsa@wsa.org.uk.