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Bottles of white and aged Tequila Herradura are seen on display at a bar in Mexico City, Mexico on Monday Aug. 28, 2006. The maker of Jack Daniels bourbon, Southern Comfort whiskey and Finlandia vodka, Brown-Forman Corp., has purchased Mexican tequila maker Tequila Herradura SA for a hefty $876 million price tag, giving it access to one of the fastest-growing categories of liquor in the U.S. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

The State Department warned tourists about tainted alcohol at Mexico resorts


The State Department on Wednesday cautioned travelers visiting Mexico about possible counterfeit or tainted alcohol at resorts there, according to an information page about the country it updated Wednesday.

“There have been allegations that consumption of tainted or substandard alcohol has resulted in illness or blacking out,” the page states.

"If you choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday that it received accounts from more than three dozen people that they experienced blackouts or illness after drinking alcohol in Mexico.

The newspaper also reported that the phenomenon affected men and women, singles and couples, and young and old travelers at Mexican resorts.

The Journal Sentinel verified the three dozen account by interviews with travelers and family members whose loved ones were killed or injured at resorts in Mexico.

The newspaper also referenced hospital records, ambulance receipts, hotel correspondence and other documents.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday weighed in on the State Department’s advisory about travel to Mexico.

The Journal Sentinel reported that it began receiving accounts following its story about a Wisconsin woman’s death following drinking alcohol at a Mexican resort.

Abby Connor, 20, reportedly died in January after being removed unresponsive from a swimming pool at the Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Connor was reportedly brain dead and died a few days later when she was flown back to Florida and ultimately taken off life support.

Austin Connor, Abby Connor’s 22-year-old brother, also reported blacking out after drinking at the Iberostar resort.

The Wisconsin man awoke with a lump on his forehead and a severe concussion after drinking at a swim-up bar there.

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