Poland bans Czech hard liquor after methanol deaths

The Polish government  launched on September 16 2012 a one-month ban on sales of strong alcohol imported from the Czech Republic after the country reported 20 deaths and 36 people in serious condition after consumption of bootleg spirits containing poisonous methanol.

“The Chief Health Inspectorate has issued a one-month ban on the sale in Poland of all alcoholic beverages from the Czech Republic with the exception of wine and beer,” a Polish Health Ministry statement said.

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