Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, the 33 per cent proof drink that claims to “burns like hell”, has been pulled from shelves across Europe after it was found to contain too high levels of a chemical also used in anti-freeze.
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deemed propylene glycol safe for human consumption, Fireball liqueur contains “excessive amounts” of the ingredient, according to Finland’s alcohol monopoly Alko, and does not meet the European Union’s stricter health code.
Propylene glycol is used in antifreeze, as well as in snack food and cosmetic production. It is used to absorb water and maintain moisture in products, according to KFOR.
Up to 50 grams of the ingredient is allowed in U.S. foods. Fireball Whisky has 1/8 the amount allowed by the FDA.
Fireball Whisky is still available in the U.S.