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Chilli vodka bought at Guildford festival did NOT contain antifreeze

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Chilli vodka bought at Guildford festival did NOT contain antifreeze

Published at 4:00pm 27th July 2017. (Updated at 4:26pm 27th July 2017)

A chilli vodka purchased at Guildford Chilli Cheese festival did not contain antifreeze.

Reports circulated on Monday that it was the case, after a number of people were reportedly unwell after drinking it.

But the spirit 'Satan's Shot' is one of the hottest in the world, described as 'an extreme chilli product'.

The company which makes the 1780 Vodka have made it clear all their alcohol products use "triple distilled 100% pure grain spirit."

In a statement, the company said: "Several people suffered a serious chilli reaction having drunk shots of it over the weekend.

"Allegations were made on Facebook that test results showed this product contained anti freeze and we were not licensed to sell alcohol.

** These is no such test report **

"We operate a full traceability system and carry all the appropirate licenses and are a long established and ethical business.

"As always if you can't stand the heat get outta the kitchen."

Emma Mirrington originally posted the warning in the Godalming and Farncombe Community Board Facebook group on Monday saying "Do NOT drink this."

She's since retracted the claims, saying:

"Hi everyone - I wrote the post as it was me who bought the vodka and gave it to my friends to try.

"I was horrified when I saw people throwing up around me after the tiniest of sips and then when one collapsed screaming and was then unconscious and we had to call an ambulance and was taken to hospital.

"A call from a friend at hospital then said the doctors said he had the symptoms of poisoning from anti freeze and it was my understanding that they had done tests. It now transpires that this is not the case and so I am very sorry for any miscommunication.

"My whole focus was trying to make sure that this couldn't happen to anyone else as it was such a traumatic experience.

"I apologise to Gerald and the team at The Chilli Pepper Company.

"Please be assured that was not in any way malicious but done out of a want to look after people and I was horrified that my actions could have caused so much pain to my friends."

Surrey County Council's Environmental Health team have run tests and have also confirmed the product did not contain anti-freeze.


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