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Rogue vodka hits the local streets

 
Created on 28/11/2011 @ 14:26

 

Drinkers are warned that an illegal vodka could be available in Welshpool.
 
Drop Vodka has been imported into the area from mainland Europe and tests have shown it contains Propan-2-ol and methanol along with other dangerous substances. Other tests have found that the product does not contain enough alcohol to be called vodka.
 
Powys County Council has issued the urgent warning. Cllr Geraint Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Regulation, said: “Usually food and drink goes through rigorous testing before it is placed on the market but because ‘Drop Vodka’ is not registered, it has not been through this process, so the Agency cannot be sure what is in the product.
 
“I urge consumers not to buy this product. It may be cheap but people have got to ask if it us a price worth paying if their health could be at stake. We are working closely with the Agency to catch these criminals who are trying to profit by putting people’s health at risk.”
 
The illicit vodka has been sold to date in small independent retailers, corner shops, petrol stations and other outlets across the UK but there are concerns that local pubs and clubs may be targeted next.
 
“If businesses have stocks of this product, it is vital that they remove it from their shop floors and contact the council immediately,” added Cllr Hopkins.
 
If you discover Drop Vodka, contact 01597 826031 or call the Food Standards Agency food fraud hotline on 020 7276 8527. For further information visit www.food.gov.uk/enforcement
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