The Directorate of Health fears that drunk people will buy beer from self-service tills

Shop beer at the storeShop beer at the store.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

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The Directorate of Health has emphasised to the grocery industry that it is forbidden to sell beer to drunk people who use self-service tills.

The Directorate has sent a letter to the players in the grocery industry, emphasising the ban on selling alcohol to people who are visibly intoxicated, writes Aftenposten.

– The background is that fingerprint scanning at unmanned tills has become more common. It is not that we know of several cases where the industry has broken the regulations, but we do this to prevent it from happening, says Department Director Øivind Giæver at the Directorate of Health.

The Norway Group recently issued new guidelines to the stores regarding the operation of unmanned tills.

– Here it is clarified that we must check whether people who buy alcoholic beverages are visibly intoxicated. Just like our staff in the manned cash registers, says Bård Gultvedt, director of industrial policy and public relations.

The Norwegian Business Administration states that they annually carry out about 1,200 inspections inside the municipalitiy of Oslo with around 400 outlets with alcohol licences, and that they have so far not detected any nonconformities regarding the self-service cash registers.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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