One million litres of ‘illicit’ Tequila seized

11th April, 2016 by Kristiane Sherry

Federal authorities in Jalisco, Mexico, have seized more than a million litres of “irregular” Tequila, the largest raid by health authorities under the “Together against Illegality” campaign.

Agave Tequila Mexico

One million litres of illicit tequila, produced from the agave plant, have been seized by Mexican authorities

A statement from The Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) showed that the Tequila was produced by Tequila Embajador, a company based in western Jalisco.

COFEPRIS deemed the distillery in “poor sanitary condition” due to poor pest control, and said the lack of raw material traceability, cleaning records, legal documentation and security measures were unsatisfactory.

Production was immediately halted and COFEPRIS seized 980,399 litres of Tequila in tanks or unmarked bottles, 34,677 litres of finished products branded El Embajador and El General, and around 55,000 litres at various stages of production.

Together against Illegality has confiscated almost 5 million litres of illegally produced alcohol in the current government administration.

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