A press release,from the Ministry of Health’s website previously stated that 19 men and 6 women–with ages ranging from 32 to 72–died due to alcohol poisoning since June. An earlier list of brands to avoid includes: Guaro Montano, Guaro Gran Apache, Aguardiente Estrella, Aguardiente Barón Rojo, Aguardiente Timbuka and Molotov Aguardiente. Guaro Chonete, Guaro Cuerazo, Guaro Sacheto, Red Star Brandy, Brandy Red Barnacle, Brandy Timbuka and Brandy Molotov. Authorities believe these types of alcohol may have also been affected and should therefore be avoided.
According to reports fromNewsweek, the country has started to conduct semi-annual food and beverage investigations at a number of their hotels and resorts. The FBI is also currentlyrunning toxicology tests on a pair of American tourists who died there earlier this year.
Please be advised when traveling to other countries and consume brands that are not govern by the United States.