French term for "small banner") for an official closure mark in the form of a seal or a lead seal. The bottles of alcoholic beverages are also provided with a banderole. They are used in different ways in different countries in the form of a strip of paper attached to the neck of the bottle and passed over the cap. In Austria they were introduced in 1985 as a result of the wine scandal (adulteration with diethylene glycol). The paper strip was destroyed when a bottle was opened in order to prevent misuse such as refilling with an inferior wine. They were used for quantity control as they were marked with the nominal volume, the bottler 's company number and a consecutive number and were mandatory for quality wines and Prädikat wines.
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