The Quebec government plans to introduce an amendment to the province’s Liquor License Act which will affect the Liquor, Racing and Gaming Authority’s (RACJ) rules and regulations in regard to grocery and convenience stores selling sugary, high-alcohol beverages that contain an alcohol content of seven per cent or higher. The updated rules will come into effect by the end of the current parliamentary session in June.
Quebec will reserve the sale of these products to the SAQ, where the control is stricter to prevent access to minors. The crown corporation will have the option to continue to stock and sell the beverages.
This decision comes amid calls for government action following the death of a 14-year old girl, who consumed several such products, each with an 11.9 percent alcohol content.