Fake vodka 'not deadly'

PUBLISHED: 09:58 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009

FAKE vodka found on sale in shops across Hertfordshire is NOT deadly, as first feared. But it still should be avoided - as it contains 10 times the level of methanol found in the genuine tipple. As reported in the WHT earlier this month, counterfeit bottl

FAKE vodka found on sale in shops across Hertfordshire is NOT deadly, as first feared.

But it still should be avoided - as it contains 10 times the level of methanol found in the genuine tipple.

As reported in the WHT earlier this month, counterfeit bottles of the Glen's brand had been seized from a number of premises, including in Hatfield.

The "knock off" 70cl bottles had not been through the company's strict distilling process.

Already Trading Standards officers have found 205 bottles of the spirit in 31 separate stores, and are continuing to track the source.

County councillor Richard Smith, executive member for community safety, said: "Luckily these bottles are not lethal, but they are still counterfeit and contain higher levels of this chemical.

"Our priority is to get them off the shelves and find out just who is travelling around Hertfordshire selling it cheap.

"Methanol is a toxic chemical and obviously not the sort of mixer you want in this quantity with vodka.

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