Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sverdlovsk health officials allege Jack Daniel's, Jim Beam imports contain banned chemicals

The Sverdlovsk region's health department alleged last week that recent sample testings of imported American Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam whiskeys revealed the presence of banned chemicals.

Regional health department officials conducted unscheduled inspections of samples from recently-imported shipments of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey and Jim Beam Bourbon from the Jack Daniel Distillery and James B. Beam Distilling Company last week and reported that the products not only contained potential contaminants, but also failed to comply with Russian labeling regulations, RIA Novosti reports.

"In a sample of alcohol products, Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey on the basis of laboratory FBUZ identified chemicals, unusual composition of whiskey, which is a violation," a statement from the Sverdlovsk regional Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology said, according to RIA Novosti.

Health department officials allege that both offerings of Jack Daniels products as well as the Jim Beam product are in violation of federal and regional standards because their bottles are not labeled in Russian language and fail to contain information regarding the type of whiskey contained within as well as the time delay of the distilling process and the location of the manufacturer.

The health department further alleged that the importation of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey was unlawful as Russian federal agencies have yet to conduct a full analysis of the product to ensure that it is in full compliance with uniform health regulations and that the stated level of alcohol corresponds to the level of alcohol contained within the product, RIA Novosti reports.

"The absence of the declaration of products poses a threat of harm to the life or health of citizens," the department's statement continued, according to RIA Novosti.

American whiskey imports initially came under suspicion by national and regional health agencies in August 2013 when a federal laboratory reported the presence of phthalates in a shipment of Barton 1792 Distillery's Kentucky Gentleman whiskey.

At that time, Russian authorities asserted that phthalates could potentially cause damage of the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as the endocrine system, and could lead to cancer and infertility in both men and women, RIA Novosti reports.