Following a rash of deaths from methanol-laced rum and vodka, the Czech government has placed further restrictions on alcohol sales.
Starting last Friday, the Czech government placed a blanket ban on all sales of hard liquor. Beer and wine still may be purchased at shops, restaurants and bars, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Methanol-laced rum and vodka has killed 19 and hospitalized 24 people in the Czech Republic, according to media reports.
Methanol is a low cost industrial solvent that often is used in counterfeit alcohol. Effects of ingesting methanol include nausea and vomiting, confusion and vision difficulties. In the most severe cases, it can lead to coma [...]
Reports of fake alcohol have risen sharply in May and June in the U.K., according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Fraud Database.
Of the 170 cases reported to the FSA, about 45 percent of those involved fake alcohol. Last year, of the 238 cases reported in the same time frame, only 23 percent [...]