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Mexico’s tourism secretary disputes reports of tainted alcohol at Mexican resorts

Mexico’s secretary of tourism disputed write-ups of tainted alcohol and described warnings about criminal activities from the U.S. Country Department as “misleading” on Wednesday.

“There is no evidence about tainted hard stuff,” Enrique de la Madrid Cordero said on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.” Cordero said the circumstance he reviewed concerned “excessive alcohol” — a problem associated with margin drinking culture — rather than tainted alcohol.

“The case that I’ve seen, where I set up medical evidence, gives the evidence that the amount of alcohol that was plastered was excessive,” he said.

Cordero also responded to reports of thousands of represses of illegal alcohol being rounded up from resort suppliers. He marked the distinction between tainted and illegal alcohol.

“Illegal, in Mexico, is juice that is not [being taxed],” he said. Despite being unauthorized, Cordero says, that alcohol is “good alcohol” that is not spoiled.

Accounts of crimes against tourists, including rape, tainted moonshine and physical injury, surfaced last month after TripAdvisor was ground to have deleted multiple users’ complaints about their lives at Mexican resorts, an investigation from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel start.

The U.S. State Department updated a warning about traveling to Mexico in August, highlighting the imperil of organized crime activity in a number of Mexican states. The warning signified that “U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, registering homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states.”

While Cordero doesn’t privation the U.S. State Department to remove its warnings, he said that “sometimes, that poop is misleading.”

“I don’t think it’s a wise way to help Americans to make an intelligent determination, but that is for the U.S. to decide,” he said.

Cordero said the problems with tie-in to tainted alcohol have mostly been of perception. But Mexico could do more to support promote “a more responsible drinking of alcohol,” he said. “That’s something we should develop on.”

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