Liquor Products Amendment Bill aims to crack down on dangerous concoctions

The latest draft regulations introduced in the Liquor Products Amendment Bill could put an end to the high percentage of alcohol content in products and will help regulate some of the more dangerous home brewed concoctions such as 'Imbamba' or 'Takonyisa', produced in South Africa.

According to the draft legislation, some brewers have been using a loophole in the Liquor Act that allows any product labelled as beer or ale to be manufactured and sold.

Concerns have been raised about alcohol beverages which have been infused with ingredients like battery acid and methylated spirits.

In my work we come across cases where people have received poisoning from drinking concoctions with industrial alcohol mixed in, to increase the potency with as you say, battery acid, and particularly in the Cape where I am based there is this product called ale which is made from fermented cane sugar and the alcohol levels get very high, so there is a problem with that as well.

The Medical Research Council's Charles Parry

Charles Parry, director of the alcohol, tobacco and other drugs research unit at the Medical Research Council says the proposed legislation will mostly likely affect large scale manufacturers.

“It will only be as effective as enforcement takes place. I really don’t see them going around and checking every few houses to see who is brewing but I really think they will be going after the large scale people who are making a lot of money out of selling very poorly manufactured products.”


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