Fake vodka could cause blindness

07 October, 2010

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

The counterfeit Glen’s vodka was found by Trading Standards officers at a Hastings store. They have issued an urgent warning to anyone who has bought vodka in the area to check that 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 abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision leading to blindness and breathing difficulties.

The vodka also contains less alcohol than that declared on the label.

Genuine Glen's vodka has a production lot code etched into the glass by laser and on the 35cl bottles the lot code 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 who sees one on sale should contact East Sussex County Council Trading Standards on 01323 463430.




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