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Lab tests confirm no adulterated alcohol

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Government lab tests rule out the possibility of adulterated alcohol being served in hotels.

In the latest sampling by the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), labratory tests of the alcoholic beverages of the hotel Iberostar Paraíso del Mar were found to be normal, ruling out allegations that adulterated alcohol had been served.

The samples were taken last week, said the head Cofepris Julio Mendoza Álvarez, and made known Saturday. Mendoza Álvarez explained, “There were negatives in these products. There is nothing. For their part, they are clean however, we are going to remain attentive in what confers to the surveillance of the destination in these types of cases.”

Cofepris was asked to test the alcohol at Iberostar Paraíso del Mar after allegations that the hotel was selling alcohol mixed with taurine products.

Taurine is a free form amino acid contained in foods and manufactured in the body from the amino acid cysteine. It was first discovered in the bile of bulls and is now produced synthetically. It is a common ingredient in energy drinks.

Studies have implicated energy drinks in illnesses ranging from high blood pressure to strokes and seizures to heart disease. For these reasons it’s been banned in some Scandinavian countries after being linked to deaths.

Adulterated alcoholic beverages, on the other hand, are legal alcoholic products that have been illicitly tampered with, for instance, by diluting them with water, purposely putting them into new containers to conceal their true origin or adding toxic substances to manipulate the qualities of alcoholic beverages.

In October of last year, the Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (Profeco) announced fines against any establishments found serving alcohol with energy drinks “as they pose a health risk to consumers.” They warned that ingesting alcohol with caffine-added products such as energy drinks can cause health issues such as accelerated heart rate, anxiety, intoxication, nausea and vomiting.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism, mixing energy drinks with alcohol can lead to “wide-awake drunkenness”.