Pilsner Urquell brewing halt ordered

Czech brewer told to quit using production line making Gambrinus beer

Aug 19, 1999 - Czech brewer Pilsner Urquell has been ordered to stop making its popular Gambrinus lager according to the newspaper Mlada Fronta.


Trade inspectors told Pilsner Urquell to halt brewing the beer when it discovered use of the production line - which has been in operation for more than a year - had not been authorized by the chief health inspector.

The trade inspectors gave Pilsner Urquell until earlier this week to hand in the missing documents, the newspaper quoted Vaclav Havlik, a director of the local trade inspection body as saying. The inspectors ordered the shutdown when PU did not produce the necessary paperwork.

"It's a nonsensical bureaucratic matter. The Gambrinus brewery is a supermodern, top-quality technology facility compliant with the most strict European Union requirements," Pilsner Urquell spokesman Jaroslav Pomp told Mlada Fronta.

Pomp told Mlada Fronta Dnes that until it provides all the necessary documents, the company will use free capacity in another of its breweries, which produces the brand Prazdroj. "In any case, deliveries will not be jeopardized," Pomp said.

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