Hands up if you love bag of chips. Maybe you are a traditionalist and you go for sea salt or salt and vinegar. Maybe you sit some where in the middle and you choose, let’s say cheese and onion. Or perhaps you go further a field, like me on the weekend, and go for a pack of Doritos southern fried chicken flavour (don’t bother, they are terrible). You start munching down, and on about your third delicious mouthful you wonder to yourself; “ How have they made these chips taste so good?”.
Well, the answers to that question lie in plain sight on the back of the bag. A bag of chips and all food is required by law to list all ingredients used. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), who is part of the Australian Federal Government, governs this. FSANZ also govern the laws and guidelines of wine labelling. Under the current laws set out by the FSANZ, winemakers and producers are not required to list any of the many possible additives and preservatives they may use in the production of their wine. Why is it that wine does not face the same tough labelling laws as packaged and unpackaged foods? There are many methods a winemaker can use to alter the end result of a wine, yet they do not have to list these on their labels. Seems a bit bizarre to me. If you are curious, have a look at the Australian Wine Research Institute website here.