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Recall alert: South Australian distillery fails to disclose allergen

A fortified wine from a popular South Australian distillery has been recalled.

A fortified wine from a popular South Australian distillery has been recalled. Photo: Getty

Three batches of fortified wine from a South Australian distillery have been recalled, with incorrect labelling sparking fears over life-threatening allergies.

The labels of three kinds vermouth (a fortified wine infused with botanicals, herbs and spices) produced by Adelaide Hills-based 78 Degrees Distillery failed to declare sulphites, a known allergen.

The affected products include:
  • 78 Degrees Rosso Vermouth 750ml (batch codes 22060, 22244 and 22333)
  • 78 Degrees Dry Vermouth 750ml (batch codes 22060 and 22333)
  • 78 Degrees Rosé Vermouth 750ml (batch codes 22060 and 22333)

These wines have been available for sale at independent liquor stores across Australia, as well as from Dan Murphy’s in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, and BWS outlets in South Australia.

The affected wines. Photo: Food Standards Australia New Zealand

In a statement posted to Instagram, 78 Degrees Distillery called the labelling issue an oversight, and said the company is taking immediate steps to rectify the situation.

“We sincerely apologise for any confusion or concern that this may have caused,” they said.

“We deeply value your trust and loyalty, and we assure you that we are working diligently to prevent such occurrences in the future.

“Our passion for crafting exceptional beverages remains unwavering, and we are committed to upholding the highest standards in all of our products.”

Any consumers who have a sulphites allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the vermouth is consumed; milder reactions could include wheezing in people with asthma, hay fever, and hives.

Anaphylaxis is also a possibility, with symptoms including the above, as well as flushing, fast heartbeat, dizziness, stomach upset and diarrhoea, collapse, tingling or difficulty swallowing.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand said consumers who are allergic or intolerant to sulphites should not consume the specified 78 Degrees Distillery products, and should return theme to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Sulphites are naturally occurring minerals that are also commonly used as an additive to prolong a food or drink’s shelf-life and preserve colour.

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