30 cases of fake vodka have been seized.
A warning has been issued by Doncaster Council over fake vodka after trading standards officers raided a storage unit and seized 400 bottles.
Acting on intelligence, the team seized 30 cases of potentially dangerous counterfeit spirits which were labelled as ‘Selekt Imperial Vodka’.
This year a number of trading standards departments across the country have found the same fakes on sale. Previous tests of the brand found it contained Isopropanol which is normally found in cleaning liquids and de-icers. If too much is ingested, side effects can range from nausea and dizziness to potential blindness.
Retailers should be suspicious about purchasing alcohol from anyone who visits their premises. They should always buy from established, reputable sources where there is a guaranteed chain of supply. If retailers are approached by cold callers and suspect that goods may be fake they are encouraged to contact trading standards. Similarly residents who have any concerns about counterfeit alcohol or cigarettes should contact Doncaster Council on 01302 736000.
The Deputy Mayor, Glyn Jones, said: “Doncaster Council has a zero tolerance approach to all forms and crime and anti-social behaviour and we have acted swiftly to protect public health. The people behind the manufacture and distribution of this fake product are undoubtedly criminals. However, anyone selling it is equally liable and if they are caught doing so could face a fine, prosecution and have their licence revoked by Doncaster Council. The public is asked to remember that there is a genuine brand of Selekt Imperial Vodka. This warning does not apply to those stocks.”
More information for retailers about these fakes, and what to look out for is in the council’s ‘Fight the fakes leaflet guide’ that can be found at www.doncaster.gov.uk