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CAFIA statement to the conclusion of the Templářské sklepy Čejkovice case

02/27/2017
 

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) welcomes successful conclusion of the longtime legal dispute led with wine producer Templářské sklepy Čejkovice. By his decision made last week, the Highest Administrative Court drew a line under the case that started in 2010, dismissed the appeal in cassation lodged by the producer and confirmed in effect that the fine amounting to 5 million CZK was imposed in compliance with legislation.

“This case clearly shows that the system of official food inspection and consumers’ protection in the CR works, it is consistent, and cheating does not pay off. From the beginning, CAFIA protected interests both of consumers and indirectly also honest winemakers despite the length and difficulty of the case and despite offensive and seditious campaign led against our Authority. In the given context, the final decision of the Court could be regarded as a certain satisfaction,” Martin Klanica, Director of CAFIA, said in his reaction to the decision of the Court.

CAFIA imposed the fine on the co-operative Templářské sklepy for placing 1.1 million liters of wine labelled as of Czech origin on the market despite the wine was of unknown origin. Further violations, inter alia, misleading of consumers as well as failure to keep proper records of the origin of grapes were subjects of the administrative procedure.

The case was turned in 2012 when the Highest Administrative Court granted the cassation complaint of CAFIA and stated that the core and nature of the obligation to label wines is based, inter alia, on unmistakable characteristics related to the geographical origin of wine and information indicated on bottle labels must not mislead consumers. The Court thus revised the previous decision of the Regional Court in Brno. Consequent legal decisions in this matter already confirmed that the procedure of CAFIA was correct.

 

Article by: Mgr. Pavel Kopřiva – CAFIA Spokesperson, phone.: +420 542 426 633