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Province Moves U-vint Consultations Forward

Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen is seeking input from industry and other stakeholders on a draft regulatory framework for the u-vint and u-brew industry.

Following the first round of consultations earlier this year, amendments were made to the Liquor Control Act that allow for licensing of ferment-on-premises, known as u-vints.

Now the province is working to put regulations in place.

“From day one, we have worked co-operatively to develop a clear set of rules that will provide operators with stability and allow this industry to grow,” said Ms. Whalen. “I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to work with us so far. I look forward to seeing the feedback from this final round of consultations.”

A draft regulatory framework can be found online at www.novascotia.ca/finance .

Interested parties are asked to review the document and provide feedback by e-mailing uvint@gov.ns.ca by June 20th.

The first round of consultations, between Jan. 14 and Feb. 10, solicited 21 submissions from industry representatives, operators, consumers, and health professionals. The draft regulations incorporate much of what was heard during these consultations and balance growing the industry with protecting the health and safety of Nova Scotians.

Source: Release

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