Rwanda: several deaths after consuming banana brew

Rwanda: several deaths after consuming banana brew

Eleven people have died and four others hospitalized in the Rwandan district of Bugesera since Christmas Day after drinking a local banana-based brew, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) confirmed.

According to the Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority, high levels of methanol, found in the stomachs of victims who drank the brew, could be linked to the deaths.

The RIB said “five people have been arrested, including the brewery’s owner,” before adding that “the brewery was operating without a licence, and its operations have been suspended”.

A nationwide campaign has been launched to crack down on unauthorized local beers, local media reported.

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