Saudi Arabia – February 16, 2018 In Saudi Arabia alcohol possession and consumption is illegal, punishable by up to 500 lashes. Yet, it has been rumored that the Kingdom is one of the largest consumers of Johnnie Walker Black Label in the Middle East. In a country where liquor is illegal, the only way the…

December 17, 2017 – Washington D.C. Three days after the United States Inspector General’s Office announced a probe into the State Department protocol for tracking reports of tainted alcohol incidents in Mexico, the procedures will change. The U.S. state Department will now begin tracking reports of blackouts and injury related to tainted alcohol reports by…

December 15, 2017 – Jersey City, New Jersey The U.S. Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into the response or lack thereof, by the U.S. State Department into hundreds of complaints by United States Citizens of tainted alcohol in Mexico. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican Representing Wisconsin received a letter from Inspector General…

December 8, 2017 – New York City, New York In an all-out publicity campaign aimed at the busy holiday resort season, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Enriaue de la Madrid Cordero, made the rounds on American Media. Speaking on Power Lunch, a CNBC financial show, Mr. Cordero reiterated the message, “There is no evidence about tainted…

Beijing, China – December 7, 2017 In an unusual twist of fake wine, Chinese Officials for the Administration of Industry and Commerce paid a visit to a company called Shanghi Haotuo International Trading Company Ltd, located in the Fengtai District of Beijing. They were acting on a complaint by the luxury conglomerate, LVMH Moët Hennessy…

November 27, 2017 – Heyuan, Guangdong, China Twenty-two people were reported poisoned by Counterfeit Alcohol in China at the Muse Bar in the sprawling city of Heyuan. Thirteen people were hospitalized with four still unconscious and being treated in the ICU. It has been determined by tests that all twenty-two people were poisoned by methanol…

November 8, 2017 – Walvis Bay, Namibia Namibian Customs officials in conjunction with Walvis Bay Municipal Authorities were presented with the problem of disposing of the largest counterfeit alcohol seizure this year. Last month as part of a World Custom Organization initiative that included nineteen Customs Administration and Ports in Africa, the Namibian Customs Agency…

Hyderabad, India – October 9,2017 Three people were arrested by the Telangana Prohibition and Excise Department’s State Task Force (STF) after seizing 325 bottles of spurious liquor. One of the accused was tasked with obtaining the counterfeit liquor bottles, labels and caps from Mumbai. The counterfeit packaging represented high end imported liquor brands including, The…

Bali, Indonesia – October 4, 2017 On the nightlife strips in Bali, the advertisements for alcoholic drinks seem unbelievable. Ads pushing Vodka and Coke for the equivalent of $1.10USD, free cocktails for ladies and 2 for the price of one drinks. They seem unbelievable because they are not true. Bali, and the rest of Indonesia…

United Kingdom – October 3, 2017 The United Kingdom, along with the rest of Europe continues to be plagued by fake alcohol containing methanol. This industrial alcohol derivative is commonly referred to as wood alcohol because it used to be mainly distilled from wood. It is a common and cheap alcohol used in industrial applications…