Dozens people died in Siberia after consuming bath lotion with methanol

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Investigators say all the victims were residents of one neighbourhood, Novo-Lenino. Russia’s top investigative agency arrested several people suspected of involvement in selling the lotion which contained deadly levels of methanol and antifreeze. Both substances have life threatening effects. The President Putin was briefed about the situation. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a Cabinet meeting that authorities need to quickly ban such substances, saying their makers have been increasingly competing with legal alcohol producers. Consumer watchdog chief Anna Popova called for a regional ban on the sale of all products containing alcohol until the circumstances of the tragedy are uncovered. Officials said the bottles with the lotion were clearly marked with warnings that they weren’t for internal use. Authorities in other Russian regions also launched searches for alcohol surrogates.

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