Turkey to Tighten Alcohol Rules After Four Deaths, Milliyet Says

Turkey will tighten its certification and inspection regime for alcohol importers after four Russian visitors died and 15 others were hospitalized due to poisoning by counterfeit alcohol served on a cruise, Milliyet reported.

Officials from the culture, agriculture and transportation ministries met with alcohol and tobacco regulators in Ankara to draw up a series of new rules in response to the deaths, Milliyet said, citing Ozgur Ozaslan, an official with the Culture Ministry.

The regulations include stricter conditions for granting import licenses and a new system to track imported alcohol, Milliyet said.

Police seized 42,900 bottles of counterfeit alcohol in synchronized raids in 16 provinces, Milliyet said without giving more details. The deaths of the four Russians were linked to counterfeit alcohol imported from Turkish northern Cyprus.

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