San Jose, Costa Rica On August 5, 2019 The Ministry of Health posted an update to the ongoing tragedy of deaths from methanol poisoning. In late June and early July, the Ministry began receiving reports of methanol poisonings from numerous locations throughout the country. The Ministry immediately acted and launched investigations into the reported deaths.…

Adana, Turkey Over the weekend of July 19-21, the 12th death this month in Adana from methanol poisoning was reported by news outlets. Over the past 30 days there have been 23 deaths throughout the nation related to methanol consumption. Under the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a pious Muslim, alcohol taxes have risen…

Manila, Philippines As part of a series of lectures entitled, “Tox-Talks”, Dr. Chenery Ann E. Lim presented a lecture about methanol poisoning at Philippine General Hospital on July 4,2019. Dr. Lim is a program coordinator presently working with Oslo University Hospital and she has for a number of years worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors…

June 25, 2019 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Malaysian Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced on June 22, 2019 that his officers were investigating reports of 19 cases of methanol poisoning over a ten-day period from June 11 through June 21. Following the protocols health care providers notified The National Crisis Preparedness…

Is Liquor Contamination Suspected? June 24, 2019 – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Hard Rock All-Inclusive Will No Longer Include Mini Bar Liquor In an unusual move by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino resort in Punta Cana announced that they will be removing in-room mini-bars from guest rooms. According to the statement the action was…

By Katherine L. Moore JD, MS We all love our spirits. I’m originally from North Carolina and like any good Carolinian knows, NASCAR, a sport millions of people love, owes its roots to that love of spirits. During prohibition in the 1920’s and 1930’s moonshiners and bootleggers would modify their cars for peak speed and performance…

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