YEREVAN, March 13. / ARKA /. Armenia’s State Food Safety Service said it has lifted the ban on imports of alcoholic beverages from the Czech Republic.
Last autumn Czech authorities reported dozens of deaths and injuries caused by low-cost bootleg Czech vodka, rum and fruit spirits which were adulterated with methanol, a poisonous form of alcohol that can kill or blind if consumed and which is normally used for industrial purposes. The deaths and injuries were described as the Czech Republic's worst case of fatal alcohol poisoning in 30 years.
Following the example of some countries, including Russia, in September 2012 Armenia imposed a ban on imports of hard liquor from the Czech Republic. The ban was lifted on March 6 this year by a decree of the agency’s chief Abram Bakhchagulyan. -0-