Comment s’effectuent les contrôles?

Comment s’effectuent les contrôles?

kuh-mah say-feck-tew lay kaw-TROLL? Click below to hear this.*

How are the checks accomplished?

More about fraud in the wine industry. This is a continuation of yesterdays’ post.

You know all that fancy laboratory equipment they use on the crime scene investigation TV shows? It’s what tells them what kind of thread the victim’s shirt buttons were sewed on with. (It generally turns out to be a kind of silk spun by hand only in a tiny town in Outer Mongolia, and contaminated with hair from the yak it is transported by.) Well, they use the same kind of equipment in the wine industry. Here’s another excerpt from the second article in Le Monde:

« Les onze laboratoires de la DGCCRF utilisent la résonance magnétique nucléaire (RMN) pour déceler l’ajout de sucre dans le vin, et la spectrométrie de masse–technique permettant de détecter des structures moléculaires–pour relever l’ajout d’eau.

L’INRA a de son côté mis au point plusieurs techniques pour mieux aider à identifier l’origine des crus. L’une d’entre elles est la spectroscopie infrarouge qui, avec la spectrométrie de masse, permet de distinguer les cépages, ou variétés de vignes–il en existe 6 000 différents dans le monde. Par analyse de l’ADN des plantes, la biologie moléculaire permet également de différencier les cépages. »

Who knew? Plant DNA, molecular structure, MRI…and they can even date the age of the bottle glass, in order to figure out where the bottles came from. These super-high-tech methods are used regularly to uncover fraud in winemaking.

A note on the grammar: effectuer means to accomplish or make happen. When you make the verb reflexive, it becomes passive voice: to be accomplished (by unspecified people or means). Un contrôle is not a control, like a rule, but a check or a test performed, often to see if the regulations are in fact being observed.

Tomorrow: end of this series on wine. Who’s going to jail?

*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file:



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