Medellin Colombia: During Flower Festival, 300,000 bottles of adulterated liquor circulating

Posted on August 7, 2012 • Filed under: Colombia, Crime, Latin America Health, TRAVEL reported up to 30 percent of liquor consumed in the department is illegal or adulterated, says the Gauteng Liquor Factory (FLA).

This proportion jeopardizes the health of Antioquia, especially in these days of the Festival of Flowers, while constituting losses in taxes that should be allocated to education and health.

In the case of adulterated liquor “the risk is to suffer food poisoning that can lead to death of the person or cause serious injury especially in the optic nerve,” said the director of Risk Factors of Regional Health of Antioquia, Raul Red Ospina.

The official explained that the alcohol contained in spirits is ethanol, while in the clandestine manufacture it is replaced by methanol (lowest cost), which is harmful to health. Read Article

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