False Alcohol Deaths Expose Imbalances in Tracking Store Activities

During the last two years there have been many deaths caused by the consumption of adulterated alcohol. After 23 deaths were recorded in the city of Oujda last year, and 11 in the city of Nador in less than two months, these alcoholic substances classified as “dangerous” once again claimed the lives of 9 people in the city of Laroui (Nador province). ).

Last Saturday, the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Nador ordered that two brothers who own a shop in the city of Al-Aroui be detained in the local Silwan prison, and that they be followed by an arrest case, due to their participation in the sale of adulterated alcoholic substances that caused these deaths, which reminded the victims of these substances in a group of neighborhoods in the city, that last year Nador had bought them in food stores.

Except for the case of the city of Oujda, in which a 31-year-old person with a criminal record of promoting alcoholic beverages without a license and theft was arrested, the rest, including those arrested in connection with the “Al-Aroui deaths ”, all their own stores that they use as a front to cover up the sale of these alcoholic materials.

In this context, Samia Akrache, head of the Laroui branch of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, said that the recent incidents “as much as they constituted an unexpected tragedy for local and national public opinion, are an opportunity to act as soon as possible. “. It is possible to activate control over all types of store screens.”

Akrash explained, in statements to Hespress, that the association has contacted on more than one occasion with the corresponding authorities of the local authorities and the National Office of Sanitary Security of Food Products “UNSA”, among others, in order to pass to admonish offenders. of public health controls, noting that the role of associations of “consumer protectors” is limited. In the case of awareness, at the same time, noting that in the absence of large-scale surveillance operations, the city will meet other such victims. of material.

For his part, Wadih Madih, president of the National University of Consumer Protection Associations, said that addressing this problem must start from the source of manufacture of these harmful substances, whether they are manufactured by individuals or companies, before promoting them, either through an unlicensed alcohol promoter or commercial stores.

Madih added, in an interview with Hespress, that “any substance that causes deaths should generate alarm in the institutions responsible for the control of products, whether they are alcoholic or others,” but in return, the spokesperson adds, “if the consumer has opted for buys this type of alcoholic substance, he is responsible for its damage, since no one can be prevented from acquiring and consuming any product”, referring to consumers of medicinal alcohol or sterilizing alcohol.

The president of the Associations of the National University for Consumer Protection recognized the difficulty of preventing businesses from selling a type of licensed alcohol, such as “drug” stores that are allowed to sell a type of alcohol used for dyeing. As the seller cannot predict the uses of this substance by the customer.