Warning against the consumption of “Kremlin Vodka” and “Nasikh HaArak”, which contain large amounts of methanol

Testing by the Division of Enforcement and Inspection of the Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Food Service in the Ministry, performed upon “Kremlin Vodka” and “Nasikh HaArak” seized by Israel Police, has revealed that these beverages contained methanol in extremely high amounts:
Kremlin Vodka – The methanol level was found to be 523 times higher than the requirements of the Israeli standard. This beverage is also suspected of being counterfeit.
Nasikh HaArak – The methanol level was found to be 533 times higher than the requirements of the Israeli standard. The word “Arak” on the label is erroneously spelled with the letter “Aleph” instead of “Ayin” and the word “memule” (filled) is misspelled to read “memlo”. This beverage is also suspected of being counterfeit. The methanol content permitted by Israeli Standard 1572 for vodka and arak is 10 grams per 100 liters of ethanol.
 
Methanol, if it exceeds the permitted amount, could cause blindness or even death. Methanol poisoning manifests as dizziness, confusion, weakness, headache, vomiting, abdominal pain and even convulsions.
 
The Ministry of Health calls on the public not to use these beverages due to danger to public health.
 
If needed, reports may be made to the Ministry of Health’s “Health Voice” call center – *5400, or the Division of Enforcement and Inspection of the Ministry of Health:
modin@eliav.health.gov.il and at telephone numbers 02-6551797, 02-6551772.

Warning against the Consumption of “Kremlin Vodka” and “Nasikh HaArak”

  

Warning against the Consumption of “Kremlin Vodka” and “Nasikh HaArak”