Poland has banned the sale of alcohol from the Czech Republic as the spate of poisonings attributed to bootleg spirits continues to rise.
To date 19 people have died in the Czech Republic as result of drinking toxic methanol.
Prague introduced a ban on the sale of alcohol above 20 per cent proof and others look set to follow suit.
Czech Health Minister Leos Heger:
“We still have 19 confirmed dead from drinking methanol, four more deaths will be clarified and confirmed after autopsy.”
Poland moved to slap a ban on consumer sales of Czech alcohol after four people died of poisoning, two as a result of drinking alcohol from the Czech Republic.
Marek Posobkiewicz, Poland’s chief health inspector says his country is monitoring the situation.
“Our job is to keep people safe from poisoning. That is why I have decided to suspend the trading of alcohol above 20 per cent produced in the Czech Republic.”
Slovakia reported its first cases of methanol sickness on Sunday when eight people at a party fell ill after drinking spirits bought on-line from the Czech Republic.
Czech police have launched an investigation into the deaths and thousands of litres of bootleg booze have been seized and a number of arrests made.
The probe is ongoing.