FDA orders seizure of 'poisonous gin'

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Posted at Jul 09 2019 03:02 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2019 03:51 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has ordered the seizure of all Cosmic Carabao Gin products in the market after its samples were found to contain high levels of methanol. 

"[The] FDA shall seize and/or confiscate all Cosmic Carabao Gin products available in the market," the FDA said in an advisory.

"All Local Government Units and Law Enforcement Agencies are requested to ensure that this product is not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction," the agency added.

The FDA also reiterated that the Cosmic Carabao Gin has no certificate of product registration.

The agency reminded consumers to "exercise extreme caution in buying alcoholic drinks, especially those that do not have labels, poorly printed labels or with broken seals."

Two women reportedly vomited and fainted shortly after drinking Cosmic Carabao Gin. The victims were rushed to different hospitals where one of them reportedly died.

FDA office-in-charge Eric Domingo earlier said he received a report from the National Kidney and Transplant Institute that one of the victims had methanol poisoning.

Methanol is a chemical that has many industrial applications and is also found in household products and fuel for aircraft, according to the FDA.

Signs and symptoms of methanol poisoning include headache, vomiting, abdominal pain, hyperventilation, feeling of breathlessness, and, in severe cases, blindness, the FDA said.