Government reveals plans to regulate drinks industry
Published:  14 October, 2008

A consultation document outlining plans for a mandatory code of

practice for drinks suppliers and retailers has been leaked to the

trade.

The document affects off-trade businesses less than their on-trade

counterparts, but includes some proposals which could have a major

impact on supermarkets and off-licences.

The proposals include restrictions on in-store tastings, sensible

drinking messages in sales areas, compulsory CCTV cameras and a

minimum level of staff training.

The government also wants health warnings on labels, and may insist on

a full breakdown of the consumption guidelines for men and women.

In the document, the trade's efforts to self-regulate are said to have

had a "negligible" effect on sales to under-18s.

More details and trade reaction in this Friday's Off Licence News.




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