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Fri, 15 May, 2015 12:24:10 AM
FTimes- STT Report, May 15
 
Beer at a supermarket. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Finnish Grocery Trade Association has called for exemption of time limit when it comes to retail sale of alcohol.
 
The executive director of the association, Kari Luoto is reported to have told the Finnish language daily Keskisuomalainen that the current time limits do not belong to this era.
 
According to Luoto, the time limit of alcohol sale could better be removed from the overall reforms in the alcohol legislation which will be handled during the new parliamentary term.
 
The minimum requirement from the shops is that sale of alcohol should be allowed to start at seven o’clock. Currently, shops and kiosks are allowed to sell mild alcoholic beverages from 9am to 9pm.
 
Ismo Tuominen, a government counsellor at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, however, said that the time limits for alcohol sale should not be changed.
 
Tuominen points out that sale of mild alcohol had to be limited because of the increase in consumption in 2007.
 
Esa Österberg, a senior expert at the National Institute for Health and Welfare-THL, echoes Tuominen’s sentiment.
 
According to Österberg, the abolishment of time limit would not be of great economic significance. On the contrary, its effects on the public health would be grave.
 
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