State Dept. warns about possibly tainted alcohol at Mexican resorts

Marsha Scott
July 28, 2017

The warning advises tourists to drink in moderation and seek medical attention if they begin to feel ill. The paper spoke with dozens of people who reported problems after drinking at Mexican resorts.

She said the State Department had consulted with US diplomatic posts in Mexico about the concern.

Abbey Connor, a 20-year-old from Pewaukee, died in January after being pulled listless from a pool at the Paraiso del Mar, part of a cluster of Iberostar resorts near Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

State Department spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala told The Associated Press that the warning had been added following reports about recent incidents in which people in tourist areas had fallen ill or blacked out after consuming allegedly tainted or substandard alcohol.

Vacationers, USA Today noted, mostly said they drank tequila, but in a few cases it other types of alcohol.

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(CNN) - The United States is warning travelers to Mexico about tainted or counterfeit alcohol following the death of a Wisconsin woman.

She had been swimming in the pool with brother Austin, 22, when they went to a swim-up bar and were offered a shot along with another group. According to the Journal Sentinel, the Mexican Tax Administration Service reported in 2015 that more than 40 percent of the alcohol consumed in the country is illegal, having been produced in unregulated circumstances.

Iberostar hotels and resorts told CBS News they "only purchase sealed bottles that satisfy all standards".

Travelers also told the Journal Sentinel they faced difficulties getting help in Mexico, from reluctance by police to take reports to hospitals and clinics demanding cash payments _ sometimes of amounts that seemed to involve gouging.

The State Department urges travelers who experience symptoms of alcohol poisoning to contact a doctor right away, and then also contact the US embassy.

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