Russian Lawmakers May Tighten Beer Regulations

on 17/01/11 at 12:11 am

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MOSCOW-(Dow Jones)- Russian lawmakers this week said they would look to tighten the way beer is regulated, which could hurt international brewers such as Carlsberg A/s (CARL-A.KO), Heineken N.V. (HEIA.AE) and Anheuser-Busch InBev ( ABI.BT).

The bill, which is in the early stages of discussion in Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, could limit the sale of beer near certain places such as schools and stadiums.

The legislators, taking their cue from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s government, are considering treating beer in the same way as wine and liquor whose sale is banned in certain locations and at certain times of day in Moscow and other cities, as they try to cut down on alcoholism and underage drinking.

The proposed law may also require special marking for beverages with more than 7% alcohol, parliament members told Russian newswires.

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