The Greek Ministry of Finance has decided to publish the trade name of the stores in the case of counterfeit alcohol. The decision by special decree will be implemented in the coming days.
In particular, the information cited protothema.gr, says that the intervention of the ministry is related to the incident at the Iera Odos nightclub in the center of Athens. The offense was recorded “on the spot” when the staff began to distribute counterfeit alcohol to visitors.
Illegal and unhealthy alcohol was brewed and bottled in a secret “workshop”. The owner of the club was immediately arrested, while the two perpetrators were prosecuted by the Athenian prosecutor’s office. However, the competent customs authorities do not disclose the name of the company, referring to the “secrecy of the investigation.”
In this context, a special order of the Ministry of Finance has been issued, since in order to violate the “personal data” of the company in question, special legislation is required that endangers public health. In these cases, anonymity is required, although for others there is a special clause and the possibility of disclosing the data of companies that make a profit and do not comply with public health regulations.
However, in Ghazi’s case, AADE customs inspectors protected the public’s health by uncovering a low-quality alcohol supply scheme. And the prosecutor’s office decided to “give publicity to the case” and publish the names of the clubs to inform the population.
Thus, if someone has damaged their health from alcohol drunk in the previous days in the indicated entertainment center, he must know the true culprit of his condition.
At the same time, due to the protection of personal data and the anonymity of the perpetrator, other nightclubs in the area were heavily discredited.
About 25% of all alcohol consumed in the world is believed to be counterfeit and use can lead to the development of diseases or even death.
Here’s what you need to know.
Counterfeit alcohol is produced illegally, without following the requirements of approved and regulated manufacturing processes of registered legitimate manufacturers. For the most part, these alcoholic beverages are unbranded and do not meet product quality and safety standards.
In some countries, small batches of locally sourced home-brewed beers are produced and sold outside legal channels. Other banned alcoholic beverages are produced on a larger scale, sometimes using readily available ethanol instead of the natural process of fermentation and blending with other ingredients. They may be sold directly on the black market or bottled in well-known brands.
Counterfeit alcohol may represent a significant health risk buyers. In the media around the world, cases of mass poisoning with it, as well as cases with a fatal outcome, are often reported.
Due to a lack of proper quality control or oversight of the production process, beverages can contain very high amounts of ethanol, increasing the risk of poisoning. Such drinks may also contain harmful and toxic ingredients. One of the most common is methanol, a type of alcohol that is added to some counterfeit drinks to increase their strength. Drinking this drink can cause blindness and other health problems and is often fatal.
In addition, ttoxic chemicals and animal products to speed up fermentation. When drinking these drinks, there is a high risk of poisoning, up to death.