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Czech republic  |  October 08, 2012 13:20:05

Alcohol market still contains toxic alcohol, confirmed Minister Heger


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - The Czech market for alcohol is still not cleaned from the bottle containing deadly methanol, said on Monday after meeting Crisis Staff Health Minister Leos Heger (TOP 09). The Ministry continues to prepare legislation to the situation on the alcohol market should improve.

"Firefighters checked last week 313 samples, 20 of them were positive for the presence of methanol. In four cases, the concentration exceeded 20 percent," Heger calculated. He added that the steadily declining number of poisoned and hospitalized, suggesting that the epidemic slowly waning.

Checks by Heger also rarely revealed even cases where spilling alcohol without the so-called birth certificate or an open bottle of alcohol before Prohibition, for which no evidence of the inspection.

The Ministry in collaboration with other ministries continues in preparation of laws that should the future situation in the alcohol market to improve. "We plan to ban the sale of liquor in kiosks and vending machines, we are going to improve sanctions for facilities where juveniles poured and we also specialized shops for hard liquor - that bind the sale of licenses," said Minister Heger.

He would, he said, to tighten penalties for sellers of alcohol who do not break the laws of your head. "Stricter sanctions now hampered by a number of case law that says that the punishment can not be for the trader liquidation., In such serious cases such as the case of methanol, however, would not apply in such actions, and will remove the license on the spot," said the minister.

Heger called traders who failed to complete her alcohol-called birth certificates to still waited with his outpouring. Still had not developed specific guidelines for compensation for such alcohol and sellers would be prepared for them.

Crisis Staff, according to Heger will continue to meet, but only when requested by current developments.

Zuzana Fojčíková, fojcikova@mediafax.cz

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