A proposed law forcing restaurants in the Czech Republic to list a soft drink option at a lower price to the equivalent-sized alcoholic drink has been attacked by a trade body. 

The Ministry of Health has drafted a law amendment that will make hotels and restaurants offer a soft drink option on the menus. The soft drink will have to be less expensive than the same quantity of an alcoholic beverage.

The amendment has been proposed in light of the recent methanol scandal in the country, which prompted a temporary total spirits ban in the country.

The country’s Association of Hotels and Restaurants immediately warned that it is prepared to take the new measure to court.

Such price regulation, according to its president Václav Stárek, will lead to a fall in sales and further job redundancies in the dining sector.