Doncaster Council’s Trading Standards Officers have swooped to seize illicit vodka which contains SEVEN times the maximum acceptable daily intake which, if consumed in quantities, could cause respiratory failure.
Following intelligence received, one litre bottles of counterfeit “CHEKOV” Vodka were discovered for sale in licenced premises in the borough during targeted inspections.
The product was available for sale as a ‘House Double’ in one pub and officers suspect full bottles were for sale at £12 in another.
The product was subsequently confiscated and analysed. It was found to contain propan-2-ol, an industrial alcohol, present in such quantities that just one double measure of the ‘vodka’ would contain seven times the maximum acceptable daily intake of the industrial compound.
Councillor Chris McGuiness, said: “The people behind the manufacture and distribution of this fake product are undoubtedly criminals. However, anyone selling it is equally liable and if they are caught doing so could face a fine, prosecution and could have their licence revoked by Doncaster Council.
“CHEKOV is usually available in small convenience stores, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Please remember that the vast majority is genuine, and that issues have only been identified with the one litre size bottles. If you are offered some of this product, in a way that makes you suspicious, or at a price that seems too low, please report it.”
If sufficient quantities are consumed, the product could have fatal consequences.
The Public Analyst described the product as a blend of water, ethanol and propan-2-ol, not vodka which, by definition, should be composed of alcohol derived from fermented grains or potatoes. He went on to describe the product as injurious to health if consumed.
Director of Public Health, Dr Rupert Suckling, said: "We've been made aware of a potentially fatal alcoholic product being sold in the borough and the public must avoid purchasing or consuming this product as it puts people at serious risk.”
Anyone who believes that they have consumed some of this counterfeit product and feels unwell should seek Medical Help and report the premises to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.
- Category: Crime, anti-social behaviour & nuisance