German health authorities find additives in 12 Italian wines

german health authoritiesMainz, Germany  - German health authorities who test beverages have found 12 imported Italian wines containing illegal additives, trade officials said Tuesday in Mainz.

The Rhineland Palatinate ministry of the economy said none of the wines were dangerous to health, but breached food-purity rules.

The state's food testing authority found two of them contained added malic acid and a third wine contained sorbite, an indicator that fruit juice had been added to it. Retailers were advised to withdraw the wines from sale.

The hunt began after several wine merchants in Italy were discovered in April to be watering their wines to make them go further, and adding other substances to stop the wine tasting thin.

Italian testers found pesticides and hydrochloric acid in some wines. (dpa)