Latvia mulls ban on strong beer sales in plastic bottles

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On Wednesday the Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee supported a ban on selling strong beer in large plastic bottles. 

The ban would see the law amended so that beer, fermented drinks and other alcoholic drinks could not be sold in plastic bottles holding over half liter if the alcohol content is more than 7.5% and one liter if the alcohol content is less than 7.5%.

The ban would not apply to other types of bottles and to cases when drink is sold where it's manufactured.

Committee chairman Romāns Naudiņš said at the meeting that, as plastic bottles are cheaper, beer and cider filled into bottles holding 2 to 2.5 liters is also cheaper and is consequently bought mostly by alcoholics, especially at the countryside, while the cheap cider attracts young people.

The first reading of the proposed amendments will take place September 15, and the law, if adopted, could apply starting September 1, 2017.

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