Methanol warnings on counterfeit scotch now!...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 11:18 AM

The Food Standards Agency has issued a health warning about drinking counterfeit whisky contaminated with methanol. This follows the discovery of a counterfeit spirits bottling plant in the Berkshire area and these bottles may now be available in other parts of the country.

The fake Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky must be avoided as the effects of methanol poisoning include severe abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision leading to blindness. At higher levels it can lead to breathing difficulties and coma.

The symptoms of methanol poisoning can be delayed for several hours so anyone who may have drunk any of these spirits may not be immediately aware of the dangers.

If someone suspects they have drunk fake whisky they should immediately contact a doctor.

The Agency is also advising that counterfeit bottles of Highland Pride Whisky may be on sale in the UK after rolls of fake labels were also found on the same premises as the fake Johnny Walker.

If someone has any doubt about the authenticity of either of these products then they are advised not to drink it but to contact Shepway District Council’s Environmental Health unit on 01303 852242.