Tainted alcohol reports in Mexico have lawmakers calling for action from State Department

02/13/2018 ABC News

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Citing concerns of tainted alcohol being served in Mexico, Sen. Tammy Baldwin is calling on the State Department to reform the way it handles deaths and injuries to Americans vacationing in the country.

Baldwin’s letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — obtained by ABC News — points to reports of tourists fainting or blacking out after drinking only small amounts, and comes just weeks before many Americans travel to Mexico for spring break.

Some tourists have reported being victims of robbery or assault after they passed out, according to the letter. Baldwin, D-Wis., estimates approximately 140 Americans have been involved in possible tainted alcohol incidents, often while staying at Mexico’s upscale, all-inclusive resorts in places like Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.

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