Newham shoppers told to beware bogus booze
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Trading Standards officers are targeting off-licences this summer after finding a record-breaking haul of bogus booze.
Newham Council’s team seized their largest amount of fake alcohol last year including 250 bottles from one off-licence in Stratford.
The haul included five bottles of potentially dangerous discount vodka that contained isopropanol - found in cleaning fluids and anti-freeze - and tertiary-Butanol which is prepare alcohol for industrial use.
Retailing at less than half the price of legal bottles at £6.99, council officers believe the ‘Drop’ and ‘Roca’ vodka was being imported from Eastern European factories.
Cllr Unmesh Desai, executive member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “This illegal alcohol is a risk to people’s health and it has not been properly produced. The criminals behind this scam also rip off the taxpayer by not paying duty.”
Shoppers should not buy booze that has spelling mistakes on the label, looks slightly different from a bottle of the same product, alcohol not filled to the same level, and wonky labels.