U.S. State Department issues advisory over tainted liquor in Mexico

Posted: Tuesday, August 1, 2017. 3:18 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The U.S. Statement Department issued an advisory last week warning tourists traveling to Mexico, one of the most popular destination for Belizeans, about “tainted or substandard alcohol” causing drinkers to get sick or pass out.

According to the State Department, “there have been allegations that consumption of tainted or substandard alcohol has resulted in illness or blacking out”. It advised travelers to drink “in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.”

The new advisory comes less than a week after a shocking report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel alleged that multiple all-inclusive resorts in Mexico were serving tainted alcohol, which may have contributed to the death of one guest.

In interviews with dozens of travelers and their family members, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel uncovered that vulnerable vacation goers may have been given tainted alcohol or possibly drugged, in order to mug, sexually assault or extort them. The accounts of travelers were backed up by hospital, ambulance and hotel records.

The alleged attacks took place in resorts near Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

In 2015, Mexico’s Tax Administration Service found that 43 percent of alcohol consumed in the country is bootleg and produced without necessary regulations.

In one specific instance, the Journal Sentinel reported that American tourist, Abbey Connor of Pewaukee died after being pulled from a pool at the Paraiso del Mar, part of a cluster of Iberostar resorts near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She was brain dead and was flown to Florida, where she was taken off life support.

Connor’s 22-year-old brother also reported blacking out. He had a lump on his forehead and a severe concussion. The two had arrived with their mother and stepfather at the resort just hours earlier and had been drinking at a swim-up bar.

 

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