Ban Imposed on Vodka Production in Azerbaijan’s Region
Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 March / Trend corr. I.Khalilova / The State Agency on Standardization, Metrology and Patent of Azerbaijan imposed a ban on the production of vodka because of the excess of fusel oil in its composition, Ramiz Hasanov, Agency's Director General, stated. The norm of fusel oil for vodka's composition must be 0.05%.
"Results of the analysis showed excess of fusel oil norm in those regions, therefore, I issued an order to impose a ban on its production," Hasanov stated.
The examination over the wine and vodka producing plants within the framework of the monitoring which is held in plants every day, revealed these excesses.
Previously, the State Agency had imposed ban on the wine and vodka production due to the unconformity of that with the quality standards in 2006. The plants were producing wine by mixing powders because of shortage of grapes.
As a result of measures the wine producers had to grow more grapes in wider territories which, according to Hasanov enable to increase the quality of Azerbaijani wine.
About 40 wine producing plants and 4 or 5 vodka plants, have the license to produce these products.
In 2007, about 1.6mln litres of wine and 70,000 litres of vodka was produced in Azerbaijan. In 2007, 150,000 litres of vodka was imported to Azerbaijan as well.
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