Saturday, April 5, 2008

Adulterated wine in Italy

I haven't even finished reporting on the mozzarella scandal, and now there is what is being called the biggest food adulteration in Italian history. No less than 70 million liters of low-cost, adulterated wine was allegedly put on the market, according to a six-month investigation by Italian authorities.

The product would contain only about a third of wine, with the rest consisting of water, sugar, fertilizer, chemicals, and even a bit of hydrochloric acid. The complete list of names is not available yet, but the story (in Italian) was broken by the leading weekly L'Espresso.