Rospotrebnadzor could ban hard liquor imports from Poland, Czech Rpbl, Slovakia

The Russian health and consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor could ban hard liquor imports from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia over methanol poisoning incidents.

"Imports could be banned from all three countries," Rospotrebnadzor chief Gennady Onishchenko told Interfax.

"We will give the relevant recommendations on Friday to our distributors and customs services," he said.

Onishchenko also said that Rospotrebnadzor has sent an inquiry to the EU Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General requesting explanations about the cause of the poisoning cases and measures being taken to amend the situation.

Twenty-two people died of methanol poisoning after drinking alcohol in the Czech Republic, six in Slovakia and four in Poland, he said, citing preliminary reports.

The official list of over 20 degrees alcoholic beverages imported from the Czech Republic includes the Becherovka herbal bitters, the Absinth Boulevard bitters, Prazska Vodka and Shaker Black Coffee, Shaker Curacao Blue and Shaker Red Strawberry liquors, Rospotrebnadzor said on its website.

The official list of Polish alcohol imports includes 38.5 percent Polugar No.1 and Polugar No.2, 40 percent Bread Wine No.1 and Bread Wine No.2,. Bols Premium Vodka and Lubuski gin.

Alcohol imports from Poland are larger than from the Czech Republic, Onishchenko said.

On September 17 Rospotrebnadzor urged Russian citizens now in Europe not to drink hard liquors made in the Czech Republic and Poland after alcohol poisoning cases were reported.

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