Fireball Whiskey RecallA cinnamon-flavored whiskey -- called Fireball Whiskey -- has been recalled in various countries in Europe because the whiskey contains a toxic chemical found in antifreeze. Fireball Whiskey is an extremely popular alcoholic beverage with sales reaching $61 million in 2013.

A bottler of the whiskey, which packages the product for sale in Europe, notified the manufacturer that the whiskey product did not meet European regulations because it contained elevated levels of an antifreeze chemical called propylene glycol.

Wrong Whiskey Batch Sent to Europe

Allegedly, Fireball Whiskey has two different recipes. One is for Canada and the United States, and that recipe contains elevated levels of the antifreeze chemical. Another recipe is made for Europe, and that recipe contains lesser amounts of propylene glycol. Fireball made a mistake and shipped a batch made with the American recipe to Europe. Those batches have all been recalled from European markets. At this time, it is unknown if the whiskey will be recalled in the United States as well.

Propylene glycol is a mild chemical sweetener that is often used as a preservative in e-cigarettes. It is also used in vaporizers and polymers. Likewise, it is used in antifreeze. According to some, the chemical is safe as a food additive; however, it could result in allergic reactions when people consume it in high doses. The FDA concurs that propylene glycol is safe. The FDA also reports that Fireball has under one eighth the levels that are allowed by law.

Food Additive Laws Differ from Country to Country

In Europe, the maximum amount of propylene glycol that whiskey bottles can contain is 0.1 grams per kilogram. In the United States, whiskey can contain 5 grams of propylene glycol per kilogram.

After doing a little bit of research, consumers in the United States might be surprised to find what kinds of chemical additives their food products contain. Sometimes, those additives are legal in our country but illegal in another because of the differing opinions of scientists and doctors. If a United States consumer product contains an unlawful amount of a chemical additive or if it is a defective food product in some other way, and an individual suffers injury as a result, a person may be entitled to pursue financial restitution for his or her injuries in court.