Liquor mark-up increase - March 26, 2015
On March 26, 2015, the Government of Alberta announced an increase in liquor mark-up. The new rates are effective as of March 27, 2015.
The increase is a 22-cent per litre increase for most products. The exceptions are products from the smallest breweries, and products from cottage wineries that sell at farmers’ gates/markets, with no increase. Mid-sized breweries have an increase of 11 cents per litre applied to their products. Alberta’s liquor mark-up rates remain among the lowest in the country.
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Santa Julia Pinot Grigio wine, in a 750ml bottle, is being removed from sale at all retail locations because the product contains elevated levels of copper sulphate. The recall from sale is a precautionary measure because the product does not currently comply with federal food regulations.
According to Health Canada, copper sulphate, in specific concentration, is an allowed food additive for wines. For more information on food additives and related regulations, please refer to the Health Canada’s website. To date, no complaints or injuries related to consumption of this specific wine have been reported in Alberta.
Note to liquor licensees:
If you carry this particular wine, please review this recall notice and follow the instructions outlined in the notice to pull the Lot Numbers #L14-245 and #L14-246 from sale in a timely manner. If you have any questions about this recall, contact Tamara Tchir, Quality Control Clerk, at 780-447-8894 or email@example.com.
Reports of arsenic in Californian wines - March 25, 2015
Media reports suggest that several brands of wines originating in California may contain high levels of arsenic. Some of these brands are available in Alberta. Please note that, to date, the AGLC has not received any complaints or reports of Californian wines containing arsenic at unsafe levels.
The AGLC is committed to ensuring liquor products available for sale in Alberta are safe to consume, and on a regular basis works with liquor suppliers, other liquor jurisdictions, and federal agencies responsible for the safety of food and liquor products on quality control issues. When liquor products do not follow Canadian food guidelines or are deemed unsafe for consumption, the AGLC issues product recalls.
According to Health Canada, arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical element that can be found in very low levels in many foods. In wines, for example, there are two main sources of arsenic:
- arsenic naturally occurring in soil that gets into the grapes, and
- arsenic contained in pesticides.
If you have a complaint about any of the identified wines as being potentially unsafe, contact the AGLC immediately at 780-447-8832.
Lottery prize scams - February 24, 2015
If you ever receive an email, a letter, a message on social media, or telephone call "from the AGLC" or "from the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC)" saying that you are the winner of a lottery prize, please disregard it immediately. The AGLC and WCLC do not contact individuals to alert them of winnings or request money to claim a lottery prize.
These acts are being sent by criminals trying to steal from you. Please do not respond, and protect yourself from being a victim of fraud or theft.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know has been the victim of a lottery scam, contact your local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501 or firstname.lastname@example.org), an anti-fraud task force comprising members of several Canadian police organizations, including the RCMP. WCLC.com also has more information on identifying lottery scams.