Trader fined for selling fake wine in local shop

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A SHOPKEEPER who sold poor quality counterfeit wine has been fined £500 and hit with court costs of £930.

Herkamel Kaur, aged 30, admitted trademark and food safety offences after Trading Standards officers seized 36 bottles of counterfeit wine, labelled as Jacob’s Creek, during an inspection in September last year.

Sharp-eyed officers spotted a spelling error in small print on the rear label which described it as ‘Wine of Austrlia’ instead of ‘Wine of Australia’.

Officers described the counterfeit wine as ‘of very low quality and substandard taste’ though lab tests showed it presented no health risk if consumed.

Kaur, owner of Dhaddas Convenience Store in Low Street, Worksop, said she had bought the wine from a wholesaler in London but could not provide specific details when questioned.

Coun Mick Murphy, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Counterfeiters are not only potentially putting people’s health at risk, they are cheating the public, reputable businesses and the public purse. Fortunately this batch did not present health risks, but the retailer and her customers weren’t to know that.”

Kaur was dealt with at Worksop Magistrates’ Court.