The ban on spirits sales in Czech has hit production at Jan Becher

The ban on spirits sales in Czech has hit production at Jan Becher

The Czech unit of Pernod Ricard has ceased production as the country’s ban on spirits sales continues.

Jan Becher confirmed today (19 September) that it will not produce spirits either today or tomorrow. Despite the continuation of exports, Jan Becher, which became part of Pernod in 1997, decided to close its production facilities after neighbouring Poland and Slovakia prohibited the importation of spirits from Czech.

Twenty-three Czechs have died this month after consuming liquor that contained industrial methanol. 

Late last week, Czech health minister Leos Heger declared a ban on all drinks with alcohol content of 20% or more that is expected to last for at least another few days.

Meanwhile, the UK's Food Standards Agency today advised people travelling to, or recently returned from, Czech to "steer clear of locally-produced hard spirits".