Supermarkets are protesting at cabinet plans to make them close their alcoholic drinks departments if they are caught selling alcohol to under-16s three times in one year.
The retail trade organisation CBL says the move is too harsh because supermarkets have taken their own steps to reduce sales of beer and wine to juveniles.
Since earlier this year, everyone who tries to buy wine, beer or cigarettes at a Dutch supermarket can be asked to prove their age if they appear to be under 20.
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