In joint action carried out by the Division of Enforcement and Inspection of the Ministry of Health and Israel Police, a counterfeit alcoholic beverage called Vodka Rasputin was seized in a 200 ml bottle
No manufacturer’s or importer’s name appears on the package. Laboratory testing of the beverage revealed methanol levels in extremely large amounts, 30 times higher than that specified by the Israeli Standard (Israeli Standard 1572).
Methanol at high doses could cause side effects manifesting as dizziness, weakness, confusion, headaches, vomiting, abdominal pain and convulsions. Drinking methanol could cause blindness as a result of damage to the optic nerve, and even death. Attached are photographs of the beverage bottle.