New travel warnings issued for Mexico after alcohol related death

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A woman died last week after drinking at an all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen and now the U.S. State Department has issued a warning about 'potentially tainted alcohol'.

Incidents took place around Playa Del Carmen

Incidents took place around Playa Del Carmen
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The American woman was found dead earlier this month after drinking alcohol served at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar. Her brother, who was found unconscious next to her, survived.

Now, those traveling to Mexico are being advised to be on their guard when purchasing drinks following multiple reports of sickness and blackouts.

Following the woman's death, several people have come forward to report sexual assault, blackouts, sickness, and injuries after drinking at the Iberostar Hotel & Resorts Parasio del Mar and other resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a department official said "Following these reports and in consultation with our Posts in Mexico, we updated our Country Specific Information for Mexico to provide updated safety information regarding potentially tainted alcohol."

Visitors should be wary purchasing drinks from hotels and resorts

Visitors should be wary purchasing drinks from hotels and resorts
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The official guidelines on the US State Department website now read: "There have been allegations that consumption of tainted or substandard alcohol has resulted in illness or blacking out.

"If you choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill."

Warnings related to drug related crime remain in place on the UK foreign office website, but the website hasn't been updated to issue any recent warnings.

The hotels and resorts have strongly denied any claims of unscrupulous practices and a spokesperson for Iberostar said "We work with a host of providers not unique to IBEROSTAR who service other hotel chains and renowned brands,

"Similarly, we only purchase sealed bottles that satisfy all standards required by the designated regulatory authorities."

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