Methanol contamination in illicit, counterfeit or adulterated alcoholic beverages is a potentially serious health hazard in many parts of the world. Effects of methanol ingestion can include confusion, nausea, vomiting, visual problems and abdominal pain. Higher levels of contamination can result in stupor, coma and in the most severe case, death. The rapid test for methanol from Neogen® is a 5 minute colour change screening test for visually detecting methanol contamination in spirits, beer and wine down to levels of 0.35% (v/v).

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