Toxic alcoholic beverages found in kiosks

Retailers must have licenses from the Health Ministry to sell alcoholic beverages.

October 23, 2017 17:07
1 minute read.
Bottle of alcohol

Bottle of alcohol. (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)


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Alcoholic beverages sold in some kiosks around the country have been found by the Ministry of Economy and Industry’s standardization commissioner to have seriously high levels of methanol content.

These beverages are toxic and serious endanger the health of those drinking them, the ministry said on Monday. Their sale is illegal and can even result in death.

“We will continue to monitor the alcohol market to locate and stop the production and sale of dangerous beverages,” said Jacob Wachtel, the commissioner for standardization. “We will not hesitate to take serious action against manufacturers and distributors that violate the law and endanger public health.”

Wholesalers and retails are requested to avoid purchasing overly inexpensive products from unidentified sources. Manufacturers of alcoholic drinks must have a valid manufacturer's license from the Health Ministry.

The Economics Ministry added that suspicious alcoholic drinks can be identified by having no stickers labels on the front and back of the package. The label on the front of the package must be marked with the name of the drink in Hebrew, the contents in volume units (ml or liter) and the alcohol percentage, as well as the expiry date, the caloric value and other information. 

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