Major changes to test purchasing operations designed to catch rogue traders selling alcohol to under-18s could be in the pipeline.
The Home Office revelation that the test purchasing code of practice is under review (The Grocer, December 10, p10) has caught the industry by surprise and the ACS and the BRC have slammed proposals that would allow children sent in by authorities to lie about their age when challenged by shopkeepers. Currently the code states that children used by authorities are not allowed to lie about their age.
However, that may change when a review is completed by Lacors early next year as the Home Office wants operations to reflect that it is natural for teenagers to lie to get their alcohol.
Retailers believe this would be tantamount to entrapment, and the ACS and the BRC are now demanding an input to the review.
An ACS spokesman said: “The