The sale of falsely-labelled spirits made from methanol has come to light in Sydney, Australia. This was given a couple of column inches in the
weekend edition of the Sydney Morning Herald - & received no radio or TV coverage, The SMH item gave a helpline phone number for enquiries to the NSW
Food Authority. I have not as yet obtained a copy of this newspaper, but will provide what I have to date on this matter now.
Consumers are warned of liquor products seized in NSW that may contain potentially harmful levels of methanol in excess of legal standards and which
are falsely described, NSW Food Authority Director-General George Davey said today.
Mr Davey said the NSW Food Authority had seized counterfeit liquor products, some of which contain illegal levels of methanol and which use fake
labels from non-existent companies. In other cases, the liquor in question is an inferior and unsafe counterfeit of a legitimate product.
“Seized samples of these products contained up to 12.5g of methanol per litre of ethanol content, well above the level of 0.4g of methanol per
litre of ethanol for whisky, rum, gin and vodka specified in the Food Standards Code. Our advice is that these levels may cause methanol poisoning in
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This is a very worrisome & sickening scam, & there are several very disturbing features. For a start, cheaper brands of spirits are generally
purchased both by the elderly on fixed incomes, & by the general population within the lower income brackets, & this applies to the younger folk as a
Other disturbing evidence points to the fact that this scam is a well-organised & credible operation, both in terms of high-quality labelling, & that
they have achieved distribution to a major liquor chain. Add to this the huge percentage of methanol in these spirits - which can cause blindness,
coma & worse. See scans of the labels, in which phone numbers are shown, but with less than the required number of digits.
This is no little "backyard" operation. And even more worrying - in my opinion, it is doubtful that a scam of this size has originated in Australia
- we're not that innovative. So take care.
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[edit on 27-7-2004 by Zion Mainframe]