Gangmaster legislation guidance from GLAA

WineGB has been notified by the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) that there have been a few instances in 2017- 2018 where some vineyards have used agency labour that contravened the Gangmasters Licensing Act 2004.

The GLAA advise if an agency supplies workers to a third party in the food and drink sector they likely require a GLAA Licence. It is an offence to supply labour without a valid GLAA Licence, and also to use any labour supplied via a business or individual who does not hold a valid GLAA Licence.

There is a guide for labour users on the GLAA web site which can be found by clicking the following link

The guide explains how to check the public register to see if an agency holds a GLAA Licence and how to monitor agencies with a GLAA licence to keep you up to date with any changes.

If you have any queries on licensing or agency labour supply then you can contact the GLAA help desk on 0345 602 5020.

Lot numbers on bottles

The lot number is a compulsory labelling item required by the wine regime. It can appear anywhere on the bottle i.e on the label, etched in the glass or inkjetted to the screwcap.

The lot number normally takes the following format: L-12345. It is important that it corresponds with the winemakers records so that they can identify the wine in the unlikely event of a recall.

Disgorgement dates for sparkling wines have also been previously accepted instead of a lot number as it can be argued that they are equally if not more accurate.  (information supplied by Wine Standards)


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