15 September – Source: The Spirits Busniess
After a series of deaths caused by the consumption of adulterated spirit, the Czech government has decided to ban the sale of all alcoholic drinks with an ABV of 20% or more. The ban is complete and also affects bars, restaurants, hotels and internet sales.
So far 19 people have died and many more have been hospitalised because they drank ‘‘bootleg vodka and rum’ that was mixed with methanol. The poinsonous drinks were sold on street stalls and markets.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas expressed the government’s determination to do everything possible to prevent more damage. Thousands of litres of suspicous spirits have already been tested.
The toal ban followed a decision from 12 September to ban the sale of all poured spirits over 30% ABV from street vendors and kiosks. It is suspected to last several weeks.