Customs Agency check finds no problem with Czech alcohol in Bulgaria: Updated

A check by Bulgaria’s Customs Agency into Czech alcoholic drinks imported into Bulgaria, an investigation prompted by deaths and hospitalisations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia caused by hard liquor tainted with methanol, has found no problem in the records of the origins of Czech drinks sold in Bulgaria this year.

The methanol poisoning cases have led to the Czech Republic banning local sales and exports of hard liquor. Before Prague announced the export ban, Poland and Slovakia already had banned imports and sales of Czech hard drinks.

According to Bulgaria’s Customs Agency, 68 tons of Czech alcohol, including only one ton of vodka, had been sold in Bulgaria since the beginning of 2012. In all cases, the origin of the drinks was clear and excise duties had been paid, the agency said, quoted by bTV.

The Consumer Protection Commission said on September 21 that it was investigating whether any of the dangerous Czech vodka and rum had made it to Bulgarian shops. Anyone with such alcohol in stock should immediately stop selling it and contact the commission. The commission said that anyone with information about the sale of such liquor should telephone 0700 111 22 or e-mail [email protected]

Related stories:

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Slovakia confirms first victims of methyl alcohol poisoning

Poland bans Czech hard liquor after methanol deaths


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