Donut bars are set to lose their status as a recognised drink and food service in the city.
A draft of a new food and drink legislation will come into effect from 1 January, banning the sale of all products made from doughnuts, coffee mugs, muffins, cupcakes, cake pops and other such products to people over the age of 18.
The ban comes after the council banned the sale and manufacture of doughnuts from the city centre earlier this year.
A spokesman for the Ballybally Borough Council said the new food law would have “major implications” for the town’s pubs.
“The council is concerned that some doughnut bars may have been set up in areas where other establishments are permitted,” he said.
“They may be operating in places where it would be illegal for them to sell their product.”
We believe the new law will have major implications for the city’s pubs.
“The council said it will have a consultation on the proposal before making a decision on whether to introduce a ban.
The Department of Health has also advised that all food and food products made with milk and egg are not allowed in the pub.
It comes after a number of doughnut shops closed in recent years as pubs struggled to cope with a surge in the number of people looking for a bite to eat at a time when there was no such thing as a fast food restaurant in town.
Mr Bare, from Donut Bar in Loughborough, said he had heard of several doughnut restaurants closing due to the changes to the food and beverage laws.”
It’s not a good thing for people to be getting in there and trying to eat doughnuts,” he told ABC Radio’s AM.”
I think they’re going to go elsewhere if they can’t get into Ballymena.