Newham shoppers told to beware bogus booze

Four bottles of counterfeit bottles of Sauvignon Blanc wine seized from a Stratford off-licence.

Four bottles of counterfeit bottles of Sauvignon Blanc wine seized from a Stratford off-licence. - Credit: Archant

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.”


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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.

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