Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev agreed with the proposal of the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova to suspend for a month the implementation of non-food products with an alcohol content of over 25%, with the exception of perfume and fluids, windshield washing fluids.
As reported “Interfax”, Medvedev said, responding to a proposal Popova. “If you think this decision is justified then maybe you need to take the decision of Rospotrebnadzor and Sanitary inspections, well and to monitor how it is implemented in anticipation of the big new year holidays,” — said the Prime Minister.
Earlier, the authorities of Irkutsk and Irkutsk region, where the mass poisoning occurred concentrate for taking baths “Hawthorn”, introduced in the region ban on the sale of those products. The head of the press service of the regional government Irina Aleshkevich said then that we are talking about the legal market.
December 22, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin offered to sell alcohol-containing medications in prescription. In addition, he added that he will be eliminated vending machines with alcohol-containing substances. The Minister of health of Russia Veronika Skvortsova said that the Ministry has not yet resolved the issue of prescription sale of alcohol-containing preparations. According to her, valokordin, Corvalol, tincture of hawthorn and other medications taken by seniors and the elderly. Skvortsova said that the Ministry has developed other measures to combat the use of alcohol-containing preparations not intended.
Information about the mass poisoning in Irkutsk began to arrive on December 18. As of Friday morning, December 23, the number of victims in Irkutsk grew to 74 people in hospitals are 122 people. The mass poisoning occurred after the inhabitants of one of microdistricts of the city bought and drank alcohol bath concentrate “Hawthorn”. In this case, the packaging was a warning label about the ban on the use of liquid inside.
The investigative Committee opened a criminal case under part 3 of article 238 of the criminal code (production, storage, and distribution of goods and products that do not meet the requirements of safety, entailed on imprudence death of two and more persons). In the present case were arrested 11 people.