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22 February 2013 :: 15:02:11 pm 72212

Toffee Maker Claims Tablets Will Mask Alcohol Use

The police are investigating a toffee maker’s claims that its “Kiss Lip” toffee tablets can reduce alcohol levels in the body. Police suspect the product might interest drunken drivers before they submit to breathalyzer tests. The product is not sold in Thailand yet.
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BANGKOK – February 21, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; a police spokesman from the Metropolitan Police Bureau said people should not be misled by a toffee maker’s advertisements that its tablets will reduce alcohol levels in the drinker’s body.

The police are investigating the claims, because people might attempt to use the toffee to pass breathalyzer tests for suspected drunken driving, said Pol. Maj. Gen. Worasak Nopsitthiporn, Deputy Commissioner, who oversees traffic matters. He has ordered Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai, Commander of Traffic work, to coordinate with expert doctors and related organizations to inspect in detail the claims made by the toffee maker.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Worasak said the breathalyzer equipment used by Thai police used to check for the quantity of alcohol in a person’s body at police checkpoints are certified by scientific methods to be standardized and accurate for the measurement of alcohol levels in the blood.

Drunken drivers will try all types of evasive behaviors to avoid being caught by the breathalyzer tests, the commander said. Some drivers will ask to wait a period of time before submitting to the test, while others will chew gum or eat yogurt, or rinse their mouths with mouthwash. But when they blew into the breathalyzer, they still could not pass the test, he said. Such people might be susceptible to advertisements by the toffee maker that keeping 1-2 tablets in the mouth will help to reduce the quantity of alcohol in the body.

The police commander said he did not want to violate the toffee-maker’s right to advertise its product, but the product should have the same standard of reliability and accuracy as the police breathalyzers before they make such claims.

Although users who keep 1-2 toffee tablets in the mouth may get rid of the smell of alcohol, in fact the quantity of alcohol in the body still can be detected with the breathalyzer, he said. The commander said a better option for drivers is to avoid drinking a lot of alcohol, for the safety of themselves and their passengers.

The reporter asked Pol. Maj. Gen. Worasak if there will be warning given to the toffee maker if they mention in their advertisements that their product will help them pass breathalyzer tests administered by police.

The commander replied that this matter is a separate issue, although the company claims in their advertisements that their toffee had been tested by doctors and certified by related organizations. Whether the advertisement of the product impacts the work of the police remains to be seen, he said.

However, the toffee is still not being sold in Thailand yet, so Pol. Maj. Gen. Worasak has not received any reports from the traffic police whether this toffee has had an impact in checking for drunk drivers who try to find methods to avoid the detection of illegal levels of alcohol in their bodies.

After Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai finished his investigation into the toffee maker’s claims and whether it will impact the Thai police, the commander has ordered the report be rushed to him to evaluate.

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