Drinkers are asked to avoid the raw milk and alcohol pajaretes due to the risk of poisoning
The municipal president met with about thirty pajarete vendors to propose regulations
One of the signs announcing that the drink from the pajarete will only be served on the go and without alcohol.
Miguel Cerna.-After the intoxication people due to the consumption of 96-proof ethyl alcohol adulterated with methanol, state authorities recommended that citizens not consume artisan (homemade) liquors, especially pajarete, often sold by informal bars in cups with straws. This drink, prepared with raw milk, chocolate, sugar and alcohol, is very popular in Jocotepec and other areas, especially among farm workers.
On April 27, the Commission for the Prevention of Health Risks in Jalisco (Coprisjal) made it official, calling on people to avoid the consumption of artisanal drinks like pajaretes and sweets that could contain adulterated alcohol.
In Jocotepec, the Municipal President reported that, although it was decided to lift the ban on the sale of intoxicating drinks in the municipality, because people throughout the state were sickened by pajaretes, he was advising people to avoid them.
“Because of the poisonings in in Ciudad Guzmán, Mazamitla and throughout the Sierra del Tigre, we are not withdrawing the instruction to avoid these drinks,” he said, adding that “people’s lives are at risk.” He was referring to alcohol poisoning deaths in several towns, including Tamazula, followed by Mazamitla, Zapotiltic, Ciudad Guzmán, Sahuayo, Michoacán and Chapala.
In an interview given to Televisa News, the coordinator of the Jalisco Epidemiological and Sanitary Intelligence Unit, Hugo Esparza Hernández, explained that methanol mainly damages the optic nerve and the retina, essential for sight. However, it is still unknown whether other damage caused by methanol ingestion will be permanent, although some patients have liver, neurological, renal or visual damage.
The municipal president held a meeting on April 23 with approximately thirty pajareteros from the municipality, a week before the deaths due to poisoning from consuming the pajaretes, to outline the regulation of their business. He proposed regulations on the alcohol in the drinks, as well as enforcement of sanitation, waste management and the conditions of area around their stalls , since they are currently a nuisance for neighbors due to bad odors.
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