The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens that the Equatorial Guinean government has found toxic substances in liquor products imported from India. Specifically, two brands of liquor, Goldach and Crown Black, were found to be adulterated and possibly contain methanol instead of ethanol. These brands have been removed from local stores and are not supposed to be sold.
If you have purchased these items locally, please discard them immediately. Also, be mindful of this in a bar or restaurant and avoid ordering uncapped or unsealed drinks.
Methanol, or wood alcohol, is highly toxic and can cause neurological damage and multiple organ failure. Effective treatment is limited and even small doses can be fatal.
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