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Russia bath lotion kills 33 drinkers in Irkutsk

19 December 2016,Monday, 18:21



At least 33 people have died in Russia after drinking bath essence, authorities said on Monday, reports BBC.

The hawthorn-scented liquid was consumed as if it were alcohol, according to Russia's Investigative Committee.

More than 50 people sought medical attention after drinking the product in the Siberian city of Irkutsk over the weekend.

Investigators said a label saying it should not be swallowed was ignored.

The product was found to contain methanol, a toxin found in antifreeze.

Two people have been detained over the deaths and police are removing bottles from shops.

Household products are seen by some as a cheap alternative to alcohol across the former Soviet Union.

Last month Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin said medicines and perfumes account for up to 20% of the alcohol drunk in the country.

Poisoning from alcohol is common, but this is one of the deadliest incidents in years.

 

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