Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Death Toll Mounts in Tainted Rice Wine Tragedy
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
Packages
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Diving
Golf
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Home
 
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
 
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
 
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:
++62 361 286 283

Fax:
++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)
1-800-506-8633

U.K. Fax:
++44-20-7000-1235

Australian Fax:
++61-2-94750419

24h:
++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

SITE PATA ASITA
Bali News

Death Toll Mounts in Tainted Rice Wine Tragedy

Four Foreigners Among at Least 25 Dead Due to Methanol Poisoning of Arak Rice Wine.


Bali News:
Click Image to Enlarge

(6/6/2009)

As reported on balidiscovery.com, contaminated local rice wine or, by its local name, "arak" has been linked to a number of deaths and scores of disabling injuries. [See: When an 'Arak Attack' Proves Fatal]

The methanol-laced rice wine is now, according to the Jakarta Post, linked to at least 25 deaths, including four foreigners. The four foreign nationals - a Brit (2), American (1) and Dutch citizen (1) reportedly imbibed methanol-tainted arak in Bali or on the nearby island resort of Gili Terawangan. Post-mortem medical tests performed at Bali Sanglah General Hospital have confirmed the presence of methanol and a range of medical conditions consistent with methanol poisoning, including blood clots to the brain, lesions on mucus membranes and swelling of internal organs.

Among the more critically affected survivors of the methanol poisoning are cases of blindness, nerve damage and kidney failure.

Balinese police have arrested two Balinese men in connection with the case - the owner of the distillery in the sub-district of Dalung, Made Rai Suweca, and one of his employees, I Putu Suastama.

Governor's Reaction

In a statement issued by Bali's Governor, the island's Chief Executive describes the growing list of injured and dead from the consumption of illegal arak as tragic disaster. The governor's office has advised the public to exercise great caution in the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, using only those products approved and registered with the Department of Health.

Hotel and Restaurant Association Urges Caution

The Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) have also issued a warning to avoid illegally produced alcohol.

The Secretary of PHRI-Bali, Ferry Markus, said visitors to Bali must be reminded not to purchase and consume illegally produced arak. Markus also expressed concern that a series of raids being conducted by customs officials on local hotels and restaurants in which internationally branded alcohol is being confiscated due to counterfeit import stamps may be inadvertently contributing to the consumption of illegally produced local alcohol containing methanol.

Police Question Motive for Poisoning

Beritabali.com confirms the presence of methanol in blood tests conducted on a number of arak-drinking victims. Tens of bottles of illegal arak confiscated by police have tested positive for extremely high levels of methanol, measuring 30% or more.

Beritabali.com also quotes the Head of the Forensic Laboratory of the Bali Police, Muhidin, as saying there were three possible motives for the current contamination: ignorance on the part of the seller, purposeful contamination to obtain higher profits, and sabotage by a business competitor.


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.

       

 
 
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!



Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!




or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Bali Struggles to Fight Rabies
Bali Establishes Rabies Centers to Deal with Victims of Dog Bites
(6/28/2015)
Professional Golf Come to Bali
Australian Golfer Matthew Giles Wins Bali National Golf Tournament by One Stroke with Birdie on Last Hole of Play
(6/28/2015)
Holey, Holey, Holey
Baliís Blind Protest the Sad State of the Islandís Sidewalk
(6/28/2015)
Death by Drowning?
7-Year-Old Indian Boy Dies in Swimming Pool of Kuta Hotel
(6/28/2015)
When Housekeeping Cleans Up
Austrian Guest Has In-Room Safe Robbed by Housekeeping Supervisor at Seminyak Boutique Hotel.
(6/28/2015)
Picking Up Good Vibrations
Thousands Gather for Yoga and Meditation in Downtown Denpasar, Bali on the International Day of Yoga
(6/28/2015)
Controlling your Employment Branding
Free Lecture by Stenden University Bali on Employment Branding in the Hospitality Industry
(6/28/2015)
Pop! Goes the Hotel
Debate Erupts in North Bali Over Setback of Only 18.35 Meters from Seashore of Hotel Pop Singaraja
(6/28/2015)
Rules to Apply
Water Police Pledge to Bring Order and Regulation to Ferries and Fast Boats from Bali to Gili Island and Lombok
(6/28/2015)
Fatal Fall for UK National
UK Tourist Dies After Falling from Second Floor of Kuta, Bali Hotel.
(6/28/2015)
Cell Therapy for Former Klunkung Regent
Former Klunkung Regent Sentenced to 12 Years Prison for Corruption
(6/28/2015)
A Flat Property Market
Government Preparing Regulations to Allow Foreign Ownership of Luxury Apartments.
(6/28/2015)
All [News]!