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Ukrainian authorities seize shipment of alcohol made near Chernobyl nuclear power plant

Added 05-10-21 02:04:02pm EST - “The moonshine-like drink Atomik, made by The Chernobyl Spirit Company, claim their drink proves the land near the power plant can produce safe crops.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Ukrainian authorities seize shipment of alcohol made near Chernobyl nuclear power plant”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

If you like your alcohol with a nuclear kick to it, you'll still have to wait after Ukrainian authorities seized over 1,500 bottles of Atomik, an alcoholic spirit made by apples grown near the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The moonshine-like drink is made with grain and water from the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Its producers, The Chernobyl Spirit Company, claim it is the first consumer product to come from the area since the 1986 nuclear disaster.

The experimental batch of Atomik was headed to the United Kingdom after leaving a distillery in Ukraine before it was intercepted by federal authorities. Jim Smith, an environmental science professor at Portsmouth University and company founder, said it was unclear why the bottles were taken.

"It seems that they are accusing us of using forged Ukrainian excise stamps, but this doesn’t make sense since the bottles are for the UK market and are clearly labeled with valid UK excise stamps," Smith said in a press release sent out on Friday.

Elina Smirnova, the lawyer representing The Chernobyl Spirit Company, said the seizure was in violation of Ukrainian laws.

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