The Public Health Institution of Iceland announced yesterday that it is considering suing supermarket chain Hagkaup for selling alcohol in its stores. Alcoholic beverages can only be sold in special government-run wine stores in Iceland.
Media reports revealed yesterday that some sauces and spice mixtures on sale in Hagkaup have alcohol levels of up to 40 percent. Sigurdur Reynaldsson, chief buyer of Hagkaup, told Morgunbladid that these products were legal as food products.
The sauces and spices with high alcohol levels were imported by company Vínekran. Manager of Vínekran Stéphane Aubergy told Morgunbladid that these products are meant for cooking and have been accepted as food products by European law.
Auberge added that the products were undrinkable, and that the products had also been approved by Icelandic customs and had been imported to Iceland for many years.