India. Beer and liquor samples in Mizoram found to be safe

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All the liquor samples taken from wine shops across Mizoram were found to be safe for human consumption, the state’s Food and Drugs Administration has said.

The samples of less expensive liquor were sent to the Assam Public Health Laboratory in Guwahati and the results of the tests were received here recently, said Lalsawma, the Joint Director of the State Food and Drugs Administration.

He said that the samples were of Bagpiper Whisky, Contessa Rum, Jolly Rogers Rum, Gold Club Rum, ZoRum, McDowell’s Rum, and two brands of beer made in Myanmar – Dagon and Diablo.

The laboratory did not find any substance in the liquor that was harmful and found all the liquor brands safe for human consumption, he said, adding that Myanmar-made beer samples were sent to the laboratory as they were found available in the state.

He said that the results of the laboratory tests did not mean that other tests would not be conducted in the future as all the food items have to be tested for safety from time to time.

The state health department’s Food and Drugs Administration wing sent the liquor samples for tests as there were doubts about the quality and safety of the cheaper liquor being sold in the wine shops.

The samples were sent after instructions were given by state health minister Lal Thanzara.