De-icer solvents found in moonshine vodka sold at Potters Bar off-licence

PUBLISHED: 15:15 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 16:25 06 September 2011




BOTTLES of vodka containing industrial solvent have been seized by Hertfordshire Trading Standards.

The bottles, labelled as Drop Vodka, were being sold from an unnamed off-licence in Potters Bar.

Trading Standards officers acted after receiving a complaint from a consumer who felt ill after drinking the product.

Officers seized all remaining stock from the store, which the county council is refusing to name.

Tests showed the vodka contained propan-2-ol (isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol) at 2g per 100ml of the spirit.

Propan-2-ol is a common industrial solvent widely used as a cleaning fluid, and may be used in aerosol windscreen de-icers and in diluted form in car washer bottles.

Cllr Richard Thake said: “Members of the public should not buy this illicit product.

“Although the product sampled was not deemed to be injurious to health, it can be safely assumed such spirits are not subject to rigorous quality control systems.

“Therefore you are taking a big risk if you consume this drink, as there is no telling exactly what it contains.”

An investigation is ongoing to establish the source of the product.

Cllr Thake added: “Traders may think they are getting a good deal by buying this vodka on the cheap, but they should know that they are committing offences by selling it.”

• Anyone with information should call Consumer Direct on on 08454 040506.

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