Police swoop in crackdown on fake vodka sales

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A CRACKDOWN on fake vodka in Derbyshire has led to the seizure of bottles from a shop in Chesterfield.

Trading Standards officers removed the bottles from the store and the contents are being analysed.

A warning has been issued about the dangers of counterfeit vodka after a number of seizures in the county. High levels of methanol, which can cause stomach pain, dizziness, blurred vision and blindness, are often found in fake brands with names such as Arctic Ice and Passion.

Licensing Inspector Glyn Jones, whose team covers Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, said: “There does appear to have been a slight increase in cases in Derbyshire and information from other areas suggests this is a growing problem.

“Fake and counterfeit alcohol poses some serious health risks to drinkers.

“In addition, sales harm businesses selling the genuine products. We are working with officers from other agencies and action will be taken where appropriate.”

Derbyshire County Council head of trading standards Robert Taylour said: “People should look out for signs of counterfeits, such as low prices and poorly printed labels. Genuine bottles are required to have the name and UK address of the manufacturer.”