14 new alcohol poisoning cases reported

The health authorities have seized alcoholic beverages that did not comply with the Food Act 1983 and Food Regulations 1985. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 14 new cases of alcohol poisoning have been reported in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Perak up till noon today, said the health ministry (MOH).

Its director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, as of noon, MOH received seven complaints from Selangor, two from Kuala Lumpur and five from Perak, bringing the total to 68 cases recorded since last Monday.

“The total number of deaths is 21 cases, namely 16 in Selangor, three in Kuala Lumpur and two in Perak,” he said in a statement.

Since last Monday, dozens have been treated in hospitals around the Klang Valley and Perak due to the alcohol poisoning.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the MOH through the Food Quality and Safety Division was carrying out ongoing enforcement nationwide.

So far, he said 68 premises selling liquor were checked in which 647 bottles of alcoholic drinks of various brands, including those that did not comply with the Food Act 1983 and Food Regulations 1985, were seized.

“Section 13 of the Food Act 1983 states that any person who prepares or sells any food that has in or upon it any substance which is poisonous, harmful or otherwise injurious to health, commits an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding RM100,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or both.

“The MOH advises the public not to drink any alcoholic drinks that might be contaminated with methanol,” he added.