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Czech PM Wants Sales of Spirits Resumed

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 5:54am

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech prime minister says that any new hard liquor produced in the country would need to have a certificate showing its detailed origin, after at least 23 people who drank bootleg booze tainted with methanol died.

In response, the government banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content as it tries to deal with the problem.

The ban has been criticized by many, including President Vaclav Klaus.

Prime Minister Petr Necas said on Wednesday that the new measure will help resumption of the sales.

As part of a package proposed by Necas, any newly produced liquor would have a certificate that would show its origin, production and distribution details. Liquors would also have new stamps and the sales would be licensed.

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