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A court struck down West German beer purity law.

March 13, 1987

The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice struck down a 500-year-old West German law that blocks imports of most foreign beers by setting rigid standards for purity. The court said that the West German authorities, "by prohibiting the marketing of beer lawfully produced and marketed in another member state failed" to comply with the free-trade rules of the European Economic Community. The West German law requires that beer sold in that country be made exclusively of malted cereals, hops, water and yeast.

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