Health warning over counterfeit vodka

15 October, 2010

Vodka containing dangerous levels of methanol has been discovered in an East Sussex shop.

Counterfeit Glenís vodka was found by Trading Standards officers at a Hastings store. They have issued a warning to anyone who has bought vodka in the area to check their purchases are genuine.

The contaminated 35cl bottles have lot codes 92960459 and 92960456 printed below the cap. On closer examination of the liquid in the bottle, floating particles can be seen.

Trading Standards warned that, if consumed, the vodka could cause serious health problems including stomach pain, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision

leading to blindness, and breathing difficulties. The vodka also contains less alcohol than declared on the label.

Genuine Glenís vodka has a production lot code etched into the glass that, in the case of 35cl bottles, is located below the back label. Products without this information are likely to be counterfeit.

Anyone who suspects they have a counterfeit or contaminated bottle or sees one on sale should contact East Sussex County Council Trading Standards on 01323 463430.




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