One more death from adulterated liquor: Rey de Reyes and Cabañitas would have an Invima registry, said the Bogota Health Secretary

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The cases of poisoning due to the intake of adulterated alcohol have been increasing during the recent December season, especially in Bogota and in Soacha, for which the authorities are on alert and warn the population about the care that must be taken about what is consumed. In this regard, the Secretary of Health of the Colombian capital, Alejandro Gomezheld an interview for the radio station Blue Radiowhere he assured that the Rey de Reyes and Cabañitas brands, some of those identified among the victims, have registration Invima.

The official also warned that this may be due to three factors: first, that the factory has strayed from good practices and is producing adulterated beverages; the second, that licensed bottles are used to fill them with maliciously damaged alcohol, and the third, that the endorsement of the product could be falsifying.

“These drinks, originally, are legal, since they have a production license. At this moment we are finding the practical evidence that there is contamination by methanol and what we are inviting is to deny the consumption of these beverages at all”, said the secretary for the aforementioned medium.

Both the city of Bogotá and the municipality of Soacha have issued an alert and ask citizens to avoid consuming this type of beverage. “It is a very serious situation, it is a health alert, we have been reporting cases of people intoxicated after consuming liquor, mostly artisanal drinks that do not have ethyl alcohol, but methyl alcohol. The difference between the two is very subtle in biochemistry, but the damage it does to the body is very noticeable. When people consume this, the poisoning is serious, so so many fatal cases must be reported,” the official said.

According to the latest report issued by the Bogotá Mayor’s Office, the consumption of adulterated liquor leaves 16 deaths in the city between November 24 and December 7 of this year. These are added to the three fatalities for the same issue in Soacha, for a total of 19 deaths from the consumption of this type of liquor.

The district administration reported that given the increase in cases of poisoning from the consumption of this type of beverage of dubious origin, inspection, surveillance, control, and prevention operations in public establishments were reinforced to address the risk posed to health and life.

In addition, he recalled that poisoning caused by the consumption of alcoholic beverages with methanol can cause serious health effects such as damage to the central nervous system, blurred vision, blindness, respiratory distress, coma and even death.

In the report delivered by the Mayor’s Office, it was established that in the aforementioned period 28 people have been intoxicated by the consumption of this type of beverage, of which twelve presented samples of methanol in their bodies.

Faced with this complex panorama that puts the integrity of citizens at risk, the administration assured that the articulated work with the Health, Government, Security and Social Integration secretariats has been strengthened.

Likewise, it has been essential to work together with the National Police and Invima. During works carried out between November 25 and December 7 in an articulated manner, 131 inspection, surveillance and control operations have been carried out at high-impact bars in the 20 locations of the city.

As reported by the Mayor’s Office, in these interventions, 28 establishments were closed. In addition, another 202 businesses have been intervened during operations to verify healthy and safe food and beverages.

In development of the containment strategy for the sale and consumption of adulterated liquor, the Ministry of Security, Coexistence and Justice has carried out six operations in the towns of Rafael Uribe Uribe, Los Mártires, Usme, Chapinero and Santa Fe, where they seized 365 bottles.

On the other hand, the Bogotá Metropolitan Police seized 620 bottles of liquor that did not have the legal records and the one that would be ready for distribution. In this operation, which was carried out in coordination with the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, boxes and stamps were also found, which are being verified to verify their origin. All this confiscated material would be valued at 250 million pesos.


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