Bucks raids net counterfeit Champagne and vodka

02 January, 2013

Trading Standards officers in Buckinghamshire seized counterfeit and grey market alcohol in raids on shops over the Christmas trading period.

Rogue goods were found in four out of 18 shops visited, confiscating 29 bottles of Champagne, vodka and wine, in Denham, High Wycombe and Buckingham.

Gina Green, Buckinghamshire County Council Trading Standards team leader, said: “Bootleg booze makers usually add methanol because it’s clear and odourless.

“But after a few hours it can induce severe stomach ache, dizziness, blurred vision, breathing difficulties and coma.

“What’s more, these concoctions are often created in unhygienic conditions.”




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