Public health ministry to consider legal action against convenience stores

The Ministry of Public Health will meet tomorrow to consider taking legal action against convenience stores for selling draft beer.
The ministry’s Office of Alcohol Control Committee director Dr Niphon Chinannonthavej said on Monday that the committee will look into legal action against the convenience stores regarding the Alcohol Control Act 2008.
He said the meeting will be chaired by Dr Vitoon Ungpraphan.
He said selling of draft beer by the convenience store is similar to keg beer selling abroad, but never exists in the country before.
He said in abroad, the selling of draft beer at convenience stores is registered differently between drinking at the shop or taking home while penalty for drink driving is also hefty.
Draft beer is best for drinking after being served similar to drinking at the shop, he said and added that the committee will consider this within the boundary of law.
Meanwhile a coordinator of the Alcoholic Business Watchdog Network Mr Kamron Chudecha said from the network’s continual monitoring of the selling of draft beer by convenience store, they obviously violated the law and guilty of two offences promoting  alcohol selling, no control of customer ages.
Moreover the selling of draft beer encourage customers to drink them outright after leaving the stores, may be on the streets or inside the car’s posing higher risk of car accidents, he said.
He then called on the ministry to issue ministerial regulations to ban the selling of draft beer by convenience stores to fulfil the intent of the law that originally prohibited the sales of alcoholic beverages at convenience stores.
An alcohol addiction researcher Muhammadfami Taleh also voiced opposition to convenience store for exploiting loopholes in the law to sell draft beer from vending machines although they would cover the brand of the beer with cloth to avoid violation of the law.
He said beer retailers and producers should have more social responsibility for the  impact  on the people.