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The deadly risk of drinking clandestine alcohol 3:57
(CNN Spanish) - This Monday the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil ordered Backer breweries to withdraw from the market all the products it has manufactured from October 2019 until January 13, 2020 after the presence of a toxic substance in several beer samples.
According to the Ministry, one person died and at least ten more were poisoned after drinking beer of this brand.
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"Last week, laboratory tests conducted by the Civil Police of Minas Gerais identified the presence of the diethylene glycol substance in samples of at least two batches of Belorizontina beer, produced by Backer," the Ministry said in a statement.
For its part, Cervecería Backer in a statement said it will be providing all the necessary support until the investigations are completed.
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Communiqué: A Backer informs that, as a requested recall, the Ministry of Agriculture is subject to judicial assessment for revocation. A brewery reiterates that it is not possible to use diethylene glycol in its production process and that the authorities have a limited time limited to the “Belorizontina” lot, which is not related to company titles, which has autonomous production processes.
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"Backer emphasizes that diethylene glycol is not part of any step in the manufacturing process of its products, including Belorizontina," the company added.
The Ministry of Agriculture ensures that it takes actions to prevent other people from being affected with these products. He will also be investigating under what circumstances the toxic agent arrived at the beers.
Diethylene glycol is a liquid that is used in a wide range of industrial products that can be lethal to humans.