Mexico will take action to combat tainted alcohol getting served at luxury resorts there, according to the president of its health commission.
Sen. Salvador Lopez Brito on Friday said that Mexico’s legislature is creating an “initiative to improve the controls and inspectors for tainted alcohol at resorts” there.
Brito said the legislative details will debut in September, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but did not provide additional details.
The Journal Sentinel reported Mexico’s new efforts follow more than three dozen accounts of illness or blacking out at resorts there that have surfaced since 2017 started.
The newspaper began examining the problem following the death of 20-year-old Abbey Conner at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen in January.
Some Twitter users on Friday reacted to the news about Mexico, which is a popular destination for American tourists.
The State Department on Wednesday updated its information page about Mexico with a caution about possible counterfeit or tainted alcohol at resorts there.
A 2017 Euromonitor International report found that 36 percent of alcohol consumed in Mexico is illegal, meaning it is sold or produced without regulation and thus may be dangerous.
A report this year by Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks, meanwhile, also revealed troubling statistics about the nation’s alcohol.
Mexico’s national health authority has seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010 from hotels, entertainment areas and small local establishments.
“We are concerned as an industry,” Geraldo Ancira, the director of the Commission for the Wine and Spirits Industry. “Tackling [the] illicit alcohol trade in Mexico is one of our most important tasks.”
Ancira added that Mexico’s counterfeit alcohol market is partially inspired by the country’s steep taxes on spirits, citing a 53 percent excise tax as one example.