Oral care products fall foul of Russia’s new alcohol regulations

Oral care products fall foul of Russia’s new alcohol regulations

In a bid to crack down on excessive alcohol consumption, the Russian government has tightened restrictions on the sale of products containing alcohol.

Manufacturers and retailers of products containing more than 0.5 percent alcohol must obtain a special license from the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation, down from the previous limit of 1.5 percent.

The new regulations could hinder the sale of everyday items including soaps and detergents and oral care products such as toothpaste and mouthwash.

The new regulations came into force on June 1, as part of Russia’s goal to reduce alcohol consumption by 50 percent by 2020.

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