Czech liquor producer slams Slovak ban on import of Czech spirits

Leading Czech liquor producer Jan Becher, part of the French company Pernod Ricard, on Tuesday criticized the Slovak authorities for having banned the imports of Czech spirits. In a reaction to the Czech methanol crisis, the Slovak government banned imports of all spirits produced in the Czech Republic including those made by legitimate and traditional producers. But Jan Becher CEO Anthony Schofield argued the issue of methanol-laced liquor did not involve legally imported and distributed beverages. The Slovak Agriculture Ministry has also called for all Czech spirits already in Slovakia to be taken back to the Czech Republic, a measure Mr Schofield called excessive.

Author: Jan Richter