The ban on “Hawthorn” extended

Russia has extended the ban on the sale of non-food alcohol-containing liquids, in particular the “Hawthorn”. The resolution, signed by the chief sanitary doctor of Russia and head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova, published on Friday, 20 October, at the Internet-portal of legal acts.

The document applies to all non-food liquids with alcohol content above 28 percent of the total volume and at a price lower than the government threshold for alcoholic beverages. The ban will be effective in Russia for 180 days. An exception is made for perfumes and products for cleaning glass.

On 9 October in Russia expired 90-day ban on trade of non-food alcohol-containing products. It was introduced after the mass poisoning bath concentrate “Hawthorn” in Irkutsk in December 2016. From poisoning then killed 78 people. Later it turned out that instead of ethyl alcohol to the concentrate was added poisonous methanol. The last time the ban was extended on 12 July.