Warning as potentially harmful fake booze seized

DOZENS of bottles of potentially harmful fake booze have been seized following a trading standards swoop on retailers in Doncaster.

A day of action by Doncaster Council and police saw more than 40 shops in the borough visited.

More than 60 bottles of counterfeit spirits and wine were recovered, including some posing as well known brand names such as Jacobs Creek and Glens vodka.

Some of the other vodka seized called Drop Vodka is not registered in the UK and the manufacturing source cannot be verified.

Shoppers are being warned against buying counterfeit booze for Christmas, which could be a health hazard as they contain potentially harmful forms of alcohol. Drinking the alcohol could lead to vomiting, dizziness and even a coma.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, cabinet member for communities, said: “I would strongly advise consumers not to drink these unregistered products. If you have bought this type of product, or someone has offered to sell it to you, please contact trading standards.

“Residents should only purchase items such as alcohol from stores they know and trust. Businesses should also ensure they purchase goods from traceable and reputable wholesalers and are not tempted to buy from a ‘man in a van’ who may call at their premises offering cheap alcohol.”

Consumers and businesses can report any concerns to Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.