Counterfeit booze seized in Wycombe

Bucks Free Press: Buckinghamshire County Council Trading Standards Officer Donna Ward bags up a bottle of counterfeit champagne. Buckinghamshire County Council Trading Standards Officer Donna Ward bags up a bottle of counterfeit champagne.

TRADING standards officers swooped on 18 shops across Buckinghamshire and seized counterfeit and ‘grey import’ alcohol from four of them.

Their action was part of a joint operation with 10 other local authorities in south east England, that targeted 246 shops. Seizures were made at 19 shops overall. One of the shops where the booze was seized was in High Wycombe.

Officers have this week issued a warning to festive season shoppers to be alert to counterfeit alcohol on the market.

Gina Green, Buckinghamshire County Council Trading Standards Team Leader, said: “Bootleg booze makers usually add methanol because it's clear and odourless. But after a few hours it can induce severe stomach ache, dizziness, blurred vision, breathing difficulties, and coma. What's more, these concoctions are often created in very unhygienic conditions.”

Gina said that although it is not easy for people to identify counterfeits on the shelves, once opened the smell or taste could give it away. With ‘grey imports’, customers should look for wonky labels and tell-tale excess glue, and also compare the fill levels of bottles on the shelf.

Martin Phillips, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “We need to be particularly vigilant around the festive season and I have the greatest confidence in our Trading Standards teams who act speedily in their fight against counterfeits that could be dangerous to our residents.”

Shops from which the bottles of counterfeit Champagne, vodka and wine were seized were in Denham, High Wycombe and Buckingham. Gina said her team was advising traders to ensure they ordered stock from trustworthy sources.

Shoppers who suspect counterfeits or grey imports are on sale can report this on 08454 040506.

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10:49am Fri 21 Dec 12

miccles says...

And the name of the shops were ???????
And the name of the shops were ??????? miccles
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1:41pm Fri 21 Dec 12

realist_highwycombe says...

I agree - we should know the names of these places so we can avoid them!
I agree - we should know the names of these places so we can avoid them! realist_highwycombe
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9:56am Sat 22 Dec 12

bequia says...

We should be told the names of the shops so that they can be avoided and I would also like to see this action taken on local pubs.
We should be told the names of the shops so that they can be avoided and I would also like to see this action taken on local pubs. bequia
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10:21am Sat 22 Dec 12

geoffW says...

No slap on the wrist. No little fine.

Take away their licence.

Shops who stock this stuff do so because it is cheap and they can make a big profit from it. They KNOW that it is very probably dodgy. It is an intentional act that could result in death or serious injury to someone. The sanction for buying/selling it should be proportionate.
No slap on the wrist. No little fine. Take away their licence. Shops who stock this stuff do so because it is cheap and they can make a big profit from it. They KNOW that it is very probably dodgy. It is an intentional act that could result in death or serious injury to someone. The sanction for buying/selling it should be proportionate. geoffW
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