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GAIN Report - IS5009Page 57 of 2

     Appendix B (Section 4 of the Circular)

Laboratory Testing2

A.Test methods:

1.Laboratory testing shall be conducted in accordance with the generally accepted professional criteria in the intoxicating beverages industry, according to the test methods set forth in the Israel Standard applicable to the beverage under test or in any other legislation.

2.In the absence of Israel Standards and Israeli legislation governing the test methods, the testing shall be carried out in accordance with generally accepted international test methods, or the test methods generally accepted in the country of manufacture. In particular, use shall be made of the test methods set forth in the following compendia:

(a)The test methods of the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin, as set forth in Recueil des méthodes internationales d’analyse des vins et des moûts.

(b)The test methods set forth in EEC Council Regulations No. 1576/89 – 1989, published in the Official Journal of European Communities No. L - 160 dated June 12, 1989, as these shall be in force from time to time, and other relevant regulations and guidelines issued by the European Union.

(c)The test methods set forth in the Test Book of the American Organization of Agricultural Chemists (A.O.A.C.), according to the most recent valid edition.

B.List of Chemical Tests for Intoxicating Beverages

(1)Tests for whiskey, cognac, brandy, slivovitz and rum

1.Effective (real) alcohol in % by volume.

2.Synthetic alcohol in % by volume.

3.Overall acidity

4.Fixed acidity}   in milligrams of acetic acid per liter

5.Volatile acidity

6.Dry extract (dry material) in grams per liter


Overall sugar as reducing sugar in grams per liter

2 We would like to clarify that the Approved Laboratory must determine that the Intoxicating Beverage complies with all of the binding laws and rules, even if they are not reflected in this section.

UNCLASSIFIEDUSDA Foreign Agricultural Service

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