Belfast Telegraph

Irish alcohol label law plan 'a threat to Northern Ireland craft distillers'

By Michael McHugh

Changes in Irish alcohol labelling laws will create cross-border barriers for the drinks trade, the industry has warned.

Reforms include proposals for mandatory cancer warnings and a requirement that health information takes up at least one third of the label.

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which is currently before the Dail, would require businesses to produce bespoke descriptions for alcohol products sold in the Republic.

Hospitality Ulster chief executive Colin Neill said: "The Republic of Ireland is the key export market for the majority of Northern Ireland's alcohol producers. If the Irish government introduces this particular element of its planned legislation, it would represent a significant impediment to the growth of those businesses, including a number of craft distillers."

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