Brazil reports third death from suspected poison craft beer


(Reuters) – A third person has died in Brazil of suspected poisoning from a batch of craft beer contaminated with a toxic chemical used in antifreeze and other products, according to the police in the state of Minas Gerais.

In a statement, police said the man died on Thursday morning of suspected poisoning by diethylene glycol (DEG). 

Traces of the sweet-tasting solvent were found in the water tank used by the Backer brewery, whose craft beers have won international prizes and are widely available in Brazil. 

The Ministry of Agriculture said later that it had found DEG present in eight different beers sold by Backer. Originally it had been thought only their Belorizontina lager was contaminated. 

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