THE EUROPEAN Parliament has rejected a proposal by the European Commission to legally define products marketed in the European Union (EU) as ‘absinthe’ by requiring minimum levels of anethole and thujone. The Commission is concerned that some manufacturers are not including these ingredients, or enough of them, and yet still selling their products as ‘absinthe’. Parliament opposed the idea, even though the proposed standard was backed by representatives of the European spirits industry.
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