Tainted alcohol kills 19 in Costa Rica, officers say

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The Costa Rican Well being Ministry says it has confirmed 19 deaths from consumption of alcohol tainted with methanol.

The ministry mentioned in a Friday report that the investigation continues, however to this point it has counted 14 males and 5 girls who’ve died after ingesting adulterated liquor since early June. The victims ranged from 32 to 72 years of age.

Authorities officers have seized round 30,000 bottles from manufacturers suspected of containing methanol, with names like “Aguardiente Molotov” and “Guaro Gran Apache.” Aguardiente interprets to English as “fireplace water.” Each it and guaro are historically distilled from sugar cane.

Liquor sellers typically dilute merchandise with poisonous methanol to extend revenue margins or elevate alcohol content material.

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