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Eleven dead, 300 treated after drinking coconut wine in Philippines

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By ITN News Editor December 23, 2019 14:23

Eleven dead, 300 treated after drinking coconut wine in Philippines

At least 11 people have been killed and more than 300 treated in hospital after drinking coconut wine in the Philippines, including some who were celebrating at a Christmas party, health and local authorities.The poisoning occurred in Laguna and Quezon, two provinces south of Manila, and all had consumed lambanog, a drink popular in provinces and consumed widely during holidays and celebrations.Unregulated production and sales of lambanog are common in the Philippines and it is often made illegally with dangerous additives. The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has previously warned about the dangerous and prohibited use of methanol as an additive in home brews.Many were admitted to hospitals on the urging of mayor Vener Munoz in Rizal, Laguna, where the deaths occurred between Thursday (December 19) and Sunday (December 23).Blood tests and samples of leftover lambanog would be collected and analysed on Monday, the Department of Health said.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 23, 2019 14:23

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