Vodka laced with methanol sold by mistake

Vodka laced with methanol sold by mistake
Consumer protection authorities in the state of Thuringia are requiring retailers to stop selling three brands of vodka produced by spirits company Bärenkrone after they were found to contain methanol.

The state’s consumer protection office announced Monday that they were extending a warning on “Vodka V 24 Original,” “Vodka AntiVirus” and “Premium Vodka Cosmos” after laboratory tests found that the drinks contained methanol, a highly dangerous type of alcohol that can cause blindness and even death if over-consumed.

The authority’s investigations found the contaminated drinks may have been sold in six German states: Thuringia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Lower Saxony, Berlin and Bavaria. The three drinks have now been banned from further sale.

Local authorities have been informed of the contamination and are taking the products from shelves. The distillery in Thuringia has been shut down.

DPA/The Local/bk

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