Wine Drink Manufacturer at Large, One Man Remains in Hospital

The producer of a wine drink that authorities have linked to seven deaths and more than 30 other people falling ill remains at large, while one man who consumed the methanol-laced beverage remains in hospital, officials said on Friday.

Heng Mealy, the Commerce Ministry’s consumer protection, competition and fraud prevention chief for Phnom Penh, told VOD that the manufacturer of “Taing Kuoy” — a wine product that was sold in half-liter plastic bottles with a label describing supposed health benefits — was still on the run.

Authorities were continuing to investigate, he said.

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