vodka alert issued by police in Burnham-On-Sea area
revellers in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to be aware
that counterfeit vodka with potential health hazards is being
sold in the area.
standards officers have found Isopropanol, commonly found in screen
wash, in samples of the counterfeit Smirnoff Vodka on sale at
several shops and bars in Weston. It is feared they could also
appear in the Burnham area.
chemical Isopropanolcan can cause blindness and even death in
large doses. Early poisoning signs include abdominal pain, sickness
Standards were first alerted to the problem by Avon and Somerset
Police after a local retailer became suspicious of a man trying
to sell what looked like branded vodka. Samples of the product
were sent for analysis to assess the risk to health, when the
Isopropanol was found.
should look out for poorly printed or misaligned labels, a lack
of lot marking (this would be found laser etched on the glass
bottle or ink-jet printed on the label), and sediment at the bottom
of the bottle.
an operation to remove the suspect vodka has been launched to
protect the public from any potential harm.
have also warned retailers and landlords what to look out for
and to check their stock.
Inspector Sharon Bennett said: "I'd ask anyone who has bought
branded vodka at a suspiciously cheap price to check the label
and if in any doubt contact Trading Standards."
added that if the item is too cheap, it is unlikely to be genuine
as alcohol duty and VAT would account for approximately £10
of the total price of the product.