Rospotrebnadzor to take measures to counter sale of 'dry alcohol' in Russia

Rospotrebnadzor said 'dry alcohol' can affect nasal and oral mucous membranes.

Rospotrebnadzor said 'dry alcohol' can affect nasal and oral mucous membranes.

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Russia's consumer rights watchdog warned of the danger of 'dry alcohol'

Russia's consumer rights watchdog (Rospotrebnadzor) has warned of the potential danger of 'dry alcohol' for human health and will be taking measures to counter its sale in Russia.

"One of the main risks posed by the arrival of powdered alcohol (Palcohol) products on the consumer market is the lack of clarity about its use as a basis for production of low-alcohol cocktails. The dosage and method of using powdered alcohol granules can be changed by the consumer regardless of the manufacturer's recommendations," the agency said on its website on Dec. 1.

Powdered alcohol can affect nasal and oral mucous membranes, as a result of which the ethanol contained in it is absorbed by the mucus and enters the blood stream, which could lead to severe alcohol intoxication and burning mucus, the agency said.

Customs Union technical regulations concerning food product safety do not contain any mention of, or requirements for, this type of product, which is why there is no possibility to assess whether this type of product conforms to the statutory requirements.

"Palcohol products have no permission for sale in the European Union and the Russian Federation," the agency said, adding that powdered alcohol is potentially dangerous for human health.

Upon any instance of discovering 'dry alcohol' on sale, Rospotrebnadzor will take steps in accordance with the law, the agency said.

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