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A bootleg version of the Turkish beverage raki has claimed four more lives, reports from the country said today.

Seventeen people were already reported to have been killed after drinking the beverage. Today four more people died in Istanbul hospitals after drinking the illegally produced beverage.

Ten others remain in hospital, six in intensive care.

Yesterday, just-drinks reproted that Mey Drinks has been forced to recall millions of bottles of raki, an aniseed liquor.

According to local reports, the company's CEO Galip Yorgancioglu said that he was recalling all 0.7 litre bottles of the Tekel brand raki.

Up to 5m bottles are to be recalled. All will be destroyed.

Turkish police have made several raids and arrests on underground distilleries they believe to be involved in the production of the bootleg liquor.


Sectors: Spirits

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