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Cofepris warns of social media adulterated alcohol sales

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks in Quintana Roo (Cofepris) is asking citizens not to purchase liquor from social networks, saying there is a high risk it is adulterated alcohol.

The warning comes from the Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios en Quintana Roo (Cofepris) after several people died from drinking adulterated alcohol. Miguel Pino Murillo, Director de Protección Contra Riesgos Sanitarios says people should refrain from acquiring liquor through social networks, mainly Facebook, due to the high risk that the alcohol has been adulterated.

He reminds people that adulterated alcohol puts health and life at risk, which has already happened in other states. Pino Murillo says at the moment, there is no adulterated alcohol found in formal establishments, but they have detected the sale of unregulated liquor being sold through social media.

He says the online social media sales have increased following the country’s shortage of beer and other alcohol products. Pino Murillo added that since these sales are being conducted in non-fixed establishments, the agency cannot supervise the sales that are made through social networks.

Earlier this week, the Comisión Estatal de Seguridad Pública (CES) of Morelos reported the death of nine people in Telixtac in the state of Morelos after consuming alcohol they purchased online. The nine killed were all males ranging in age from 33 to 54 and all from the town of Telixtac. The nine men died after consuming the adulterated alcohol on May 10 and 11.

On Monday, elements of the municipal police discovered four suitcases filled with alcohol during a sanitary filter check. The Mayab bus was stopped by officials so they could verify the Yucatan passengers were free of coronavirus symptoms, however, they also detected four suspicious suitcases.

Inside were 60 bottles of alcohol. None of the passengers claimed the baggage. The alcohol was bound for the state of Quintana Roo.