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Environmental Health officers with The Highland Council  are warning consumers about a particular type of red wine sold through Lidl stores. Lidl have withdrawn bottles of Australian Creston Bay Brand Cabernet Shiraz due to high levels of sulphur dioxide being present.

The wine is in a clear green bottle, 0.75l size, bordeaux shape, with an agglomerate cork and black plastic cap. The words ‘Creston Bay’ appear on the label in white set into a black background, with a picture of a kangaroo appearing immediately above. Below is a larger white label that has one red edge, with the words ‘Australian’ and ‘Cabernet Shiraz’ on it with a picture of a tree in the middle.  Only bottles with the year 2002 displayed on the rear label are covered by this warning.

The product presents a health risk for asthmatics that may have an allergy to sulphur dioxide, as either ingestion or inhalation of the sulphur dioxide could cause an asthmatic reaction to be triggered.

Alan Yates, Principal Food Safety Officer, said: “Although the product has been withdrawn from sale, there is a possibility that members of the public may still have bottles of this red wine at home. If anyone discovers this particular type of wine in their home they should return it to the store they purchased it from.”