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Alcohol producers fight minimum price plans

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6555 (Published 27 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6555
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

The drinks industry is mounting legal challenges in Europe and Scotland against a law passed by the Scottish parliament to introduce a minimum price for alcohol.

With the Home Office in England due to consult shortly on a similar measure, there is concern among producers about what is happening in the UK and the potential threat to alcohol sales.

Wine producers in Bulgaria have convinced their government to raise a formal objection to the Scottish move with the European Commission amid worries over the impact of price rises on their exports to the UK.

Meanwhile, the European Spirits Organisation, …

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