Former health minister Mihály Kökény yesterday denounced a proposal to legalise the home brewing of pálinka made by Fidesz leader Viktor Orbán last week.
Orbán announced while campaigning in the countryside last week that Fidesz would allow the distilling of home pálinka up to a certain quantity.
Such a plan could cause major health problems, said Kökény, the chairman of Parliament’s health committee. He told reporters that the proposal flies in the face of opinions expressed by professional organisations and a health programme passed with consensus in 2003.
Alcohol consumption is the third biggest health problem in Hungary, and causes hundreds of billions of forints in damage every year, he said.