US fears labels will put a cork in trade

The costs for wine exported to ireland will increase significantly

America has expressed concern about Ireland’s Public Health (Alcohol) Bill at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), warning that it could create international barriers to trade.

The US is the latest country to question the wide-ranging proposal, aimed at reducing Irish people’s drinking by 18% by 2020. Mexico has also raised concerns at the WTO, while 11 countries including France, Germany and Spain have made formal complaints at EU level about the potential market impact.

The proposal has also been criticised by some Fine Gael TDs and senators, particularly a requirement for all shops to separate alcohol from other products, such…

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