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Quebec has decided to ban their sale in grocery and convenience stores in the wake of the accidental death of the young Athena Gervais, 14 years old, on the 26th of February last.
The faucet energy drinks sweetened with high alcohol content might be completely closed on the quebec market.
The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) has still not decided whether it will accept or not to sell these products through its branches.
A negative decision would mean the disappearance of these products on the quebec market, as the government has decided to ban their sale in grocery stores and convenience stores following the accidental death of the young Athena Gervais, 14 years old, on the 26th of February last. She was found three days later lying in a creek, after having apparently had a fall because she was intoxicated by one of these drinks.
The president and chief executive officer of the SAQ, Alain Brunet, recalled Friday that Quebec has given him carte blanche in this folder.
“The government has been clear : commercially, it is our decision whether we want to or not sell those products “, he told the media after a speech to members of the board of trade of metropolitan Montreal.
Mr. Brunet has, however, warned that he would not take any decision as long as Quebec would not have presented the draft regulation that he has announced and that this regulation would not be adopted in the national Assembly.
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