An intake of counterfeit bath oil has claimed the lives of no less than 62 people in the Siberian city of Irkutsk in Russia’s far east.
Reports say dozens were confirmed dead over the weekend after drinking bath oil as a substitute for alcohol with the region’s health ministry, informing that almost 40 people remain hospitalised after drinking the oil.
Investigators, revealed that the victims drank the bath oil that has become a popular substitute for cheap vodkas. The oils, called Boyaryshnik, contain labels that warn users not to consume the product.
Investigators said a batch of the product in the region appeared to have contained methanol, a highly toxic form of alcohol that is potentially lethal to ingest.