The Ministry of Health has closed 33 stores for selling liquor known to be adulterated with methanol, an alcohol not meant for consumption. There were closures in Cartago, Limón, San José and Alajuela.
A joint force of the Fiscal Control Police, Public Force, and Municipal Police have seized 64,956 containers of contaminated liquors that look identical to the brands they imitate. Additionally, the Judicial Investigation Agency of Puntarenas confiscated 20 boxes of liquor (480 bottles). The highly toxic alcohol has killed 64 people since June.
The Ministry of Health has put out sanitary alerts in the last few weeks that prohibit the sale of guaro Montano, guaro Chonete, guaro Cuerazo, guaro Sacheto, guaro Gran Apache, aguardiente Barón Rojo, aguardiente Timbuka, aguardiente Timbuka y aguardiente Molotov.