The European Union (EU) Council of Ministers has extended Argentina's provisional authorisation to use the additive malic acid in wine sold into the EU until September 2005.

The acidity-correcting additive, extracted from apples or synthetic acid, is banned in EU wine making rules, but the European Commission wants a comprehensive mutual recognition agreement of oenological practices allowing its use by Argentines.

Brussels proposed extending a provisional authorisation to use malic acid to encourage Buenos Aires to compromise during these long- running negotiations.