Published on November 5th, 2012 | by Dean Carr
New liquor labels after fake alcohol deaths in Eastern Europe
Tuzemak-branded bootlegged spirits, largely cheap rum and vodka, have been at the centre of methanol poisonings. The first deaths attributed to the liquor occurred in early September. Since then, at least 89 people have been hospitalised, some of whom are reported to have suffered visual impairment. On Friday, the death toll rose to 30.
The Czech government reacted promptly in September, banned domestic sales and exports of liquors (20% ABV or above). Liquor sales have been gradually reintroduced with updated labels. Among those accused in the scandal is Likerka Drak, a liquor producer.
A third of the world’s alcohol is estimated to come from illicit production. Retailers should be aware of the serious dangers to health associated with counterfeit alcohol and should always reject ‘dodgy’ stock. Read more about stock control in Recognising UK Duty Stamps.