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Yukon government considering moving ahead with liquor labels

Minister responsible for the Liquor Corporation John Streicker announcing the launch of new liquor labels in November (File Photo)

Yukon's minister responsible for the Liquor Corporation says the government is working with industry to find common ground on labels.

Yukon's Minister responsible for the Liquor Corporation says researchers and the government are working with the liquor industry to find common ground on newly introduced warning labels. 

The application of colourful bottle labels, which address cancer risks and responsible drinking habits, was recently stopped due to industry concern but if both sides can't reach a compromise, John Streicker says the government might have to make a tough decision. 

"The decision is do we go forward with the labeling study to try and understand whether labels are effective or not and to try and inform our citizens about some of the risks and potential harms of drinking alcohol which has its total upsides but if we end up in court there's a lot of costs. "

Streicker says discussion with industry and researchers was encouraged by the government and he's surprised industry wasn't aware of Yukon's other labeling initiatives.

"We're in dialogue with both the research team that's carrying out the study that we agreed as a jurisdiction to host and talking with national producers like the liquor industry to see whether there is some common ground and whether we can move forward with the study as it is."

Streicker says the initiative is already sparking a national discussion and Yukon remains focused on promoting responsible drinking in the territory.

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