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Eggs In Wine? Some Vintners Add Fish Too


"May contain egg protein" or "contains traces of milk." Not exactly what you'd expect to read on the label of a wine bottle. But starting July 1, wine sold in Europe will come marked with exactly this kind of information.

The move follows a European directive aimed at informing consumers of the presence of allergens in alcoholic drinks, Europe 1 reports. What does any of this have to do with wine? A lot apparently. Things that can be added to grape juice during the winemaking process include egg and fish proteins, fish skin collagen, caramel and oak wood. The additives help winemakers modify the taste, appearance and conservation characteristics of their product.

But some of these ingredients can also provoke allergies. According to the European Food Safety Authority, about 0.3% of adults are allergic to products made from eggs and 1% are allergic to milk proteins.

"Less than 10% of the wine bottles should be concerned by the measure," says Marie-Madeleine Caillet, vice-chair of the French Enologist Union. Nevertheless, the new rule will make wine-makers' lives more complicated, as they already have to mark their bottles with a preventative logo for pregnant women, plus mention the presence of sulfites - in about 10 languages. The other option, of course, is to change the way they produce their wine.

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After Abbas: Here Are The Three Frontrunners To Be The Next Palestinian Leader

Israel and the West have often asked: Where is the Palestinian Mandela? The divided regimes between Gaza and the West Bank continues to make it difficult to imagine the future Palestinian leader. Still, these three names are worth considering.

Photo of Mahmoud Abbas speaking into microphone

Abbas is 88, and has been the leading Palestinian political figure since 2005

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Elias Kassem

Updated Dec. 5, 2023 at 12:05 a.m.

Israel has set two goals for its Gaza war: destroying Hamas and releasing hostages.

But it has no answer to, nor is even asking the question: What comes next?

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the return of the current Palestinian Authority to govern post-war Gaza. That stance seems opposed to the U.S. Administration’s call to revitalize the Palestinian Authority (PA) to assume power in the coastal enclave.

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But neither Israel nor the U.S. put a detailed plan for a governing body in post-war Gaza, let alone offering a vision for a bonafide Palestinian state that would also encompass the West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority, which administers much of the occupied West Bank, was created in1994 as part of the Oslo Accords peace agreement. It’s now led by President Mahmoud Abbas, who succeeded Yasser Arafat in 2005. Over the past few years, the question of who would succeed Abbas, now 88 years old, has largely dominated internal Palestinian politics.

But that question has gained new urgency — and was fundamentally altered — with the war in Gaza.

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