Words: Ellen Kenny
Health and safety groups are urging drinkers to watch out for the signs of a tampered champagne bottle.
Health authorities have recalled multiple Moët and Chandon bottles filled with deadly levels of liquid ecstasy across Europe.
So far, authorities have identified two specific lot codes of bottle: LAJ7QAB6780004 and LAK5SAA6490005. Reports suggest that authorities found these contaminated bottles in regular stores and online.
Authorities first noticed the problem in February when a dozen people became ill in Germany and the Netherlands, including one death. All victims had consumed three-liter bottles of Moët and Chandon Ice Imperial.
The bottle that killed a man in Germany reportedly contained 1,000 times the amount of MDMA found in a single ecstasy pill.
The European non-profit Foodwatch explained that “Touching and/or drinking the contents of the bottle is life-threatening, even trying it by dipping the tips of your fingertips can cause massive health problems.”
The tampered bottles have been emptied out, filled with extreme levels of ecstasy and then resealed with a new cork. Officials have not yet shared any indication of who the perpetrators might be. However, they are sure that the problem did not occur at the site of the producer, Moët Hennessy.
Foodwatch are urging anyone who finds a tampered bottle to report it to the police. They explained that tampered bottles do not sparkle or bubble like regular champagne. It also has an aromatic-fruity “non-champagne” smell and a reddish-brown colour.
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