TABC officers work to keep tainted alcohol from Texas borders

Illicit alcohol confiscated at Texas border by TABC. (Courtesy: TABC)

Reports of tainted alcohol in Mexico have made their way to Texas border towns.

The U.S. State Department is warning about possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol being purchased in Mexico.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says this is a common issue at the Texas-Mexico border.

More than 1,000 containers of illicit alcohol have been seized during the 2017 fiscal year, TABC reports.

The containers were brought into Texas by travelers coming from Mexico.

Illicit alcohol constitutes anything that is not properly labeled or carried in improper containers. This type of alcohol may also contain dangerous or illegal additives, making them unsafe for consumption, officials said.

John Reney, TABC Ports of Entry Chief, said officers often come across this tainted alcohol.

"It's not uncommon for our tax compliance officers to identify alcohol in unmarked containers, such as a gasoline container or water bottle," Reney said. "These products, if allowed to enter Texas, could prove dangerous to consumers. For that reason, we seize the products and destroy them before they can enter the marketplace."

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