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14. 9. 2012 23:58

Sale of hard liquor banned

Amid a growing number of methanol poisoning cases, the Ministry of Health has banned the serving and sale of liquors with ethanol content of 20% and higher.

Alkohol v prodejně

Health Minister Leoš Heger announced on Friday another emergency measure that bans the sale, serving, and any offering in any form of liquors with alcohol content over 20%, including domestic rum and food-grade spirit.

The most recent emergency measure applies to all food businesses, including restaurants. The previous measure, announced on 12 September 2012, only targeted kiosks.

The ban will remain in effect until the emergency measure is revoked.

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Toxicology Information Center

Members of the public or healthcare professionals who want to inquire about recommendations made by the Toxicology Information Center are urged to contact Sergey Zakharov by telephone at +420 224 91 92 93, +420 224 915 402 or by e-mail at, For details visit

Additional Information

Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, Tel.: +420 224 972 166, Vlastimil Sršeň, e-mail:

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