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Food fraud: The adulterated alcohol


Although there isn’t an accurate number for the death toll from adulterated alcohol poisoning — this figure likely increases every day.

“Adulterated alcohol is alcohol that has been distilled using all kinds of shortcuts and adding cheap substances to save money, increase profits easily, and avoid tax,” said NEOGEN’s expert, Alec Leece. “Individuals tend to use chemicals that are toxic to humans, so hence the tragedies.”

One of the most common substances to distill spirits is methanol, a chemical used to make industrial and household products like antifreeze or varnish.

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