In Ivory Coast Sale of alcohol sachets banned

The decision was taken after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and had been proposed by the ministry of commerce, the government spokesperson, Bruno Kone has said.

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Ivory Coast has banned the production, importation, and sale of alcohol in sachets on health grounds.

The decision was taken after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and had been proposed by the ministry of commerce, the government spokesperson, Bruno Kone has said.

According to him, the ban was introduced to minimise the impact of alcohol on young people, especially students in the country.

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The small plastic bags, usually contain rum, vodka or other spirits, and are popular with those on a budget, costing between $0.35 (£0.28) and $1.65.

But Mr Kone argues that "These products are mostly smuggled into the country."

"They do not meet our standards and therefore constitute a real threat to the health of consumers - and a threat to the country's economy," the APA news agency quotes him as saying.

The Ivory Coast government banned the sale of water in plastic bags two years ago, a move which sparked protests across the country.

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The government had then indicated that it took the decision in a bid to reduce pollution.

It is unclear whether citizens will protest against the recent ban on alcohol in sachets.

Meanwhile, other countries including Cameroon, Malawi and Senegal have also banned the sale and production of alcohol in sachets in recent years.

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