The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens that the Equatorial Guinean government has found toxic substances in liquor products imported from India. Specifically, two brands of liquor, Goldach and Crown Black, were found to be adulterated and possibly contain methanol instead of ethanol. These brands have been removed from local stores and are not supposed to be sold.
If you have purchased these items locally, please discard them immediately. Also, be mindful of this in a bar or restaurant and avoid ordering uncapped or unsealed drinks.
Methanol, or wood alcohol, is highly toxic and can cause neurological damage and multiple organ failure. Effective treatment is limited and even small doses can be fatal.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Equatorial Guinea.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Malabo, located on the Malabo II highway, between the headquarters of Sonagas and the United Nations. Regular business hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +240 555 516 008.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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