Up to a third of British-produced vodka may have to be relabelled "white spirit" or "spirit drink" under proposed new European regulations. Finland, which takes over the EU Presidency next month, claims that only vodka made from potatoes or grain should be able to use the name. That would hit British brands like Ciroc, Moskova, Red Square and Kirov, as well as many supermarket and pub-chain vodkas. Germany, Poland and the "vodka belt" of Nordic and Baltic states are backing the Finns. But Britain, Hungary and the Czech Republic, which refine vodka from molasses, grapes and sugar beet, are against the move. The Sunday Times 04/06/06 page 21