Lethal Vodka thought to be on sale in Herts

PUBLISHED: 16:56 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

LETHAL counterfeit vodka is thought to be on sale in Hertfordshire. Trading Standards officers are urging residents across the county to be wary of purchasing fake bottles of the Glen s brand, which could cause blindness or even kill. Cheap knock-off 70

LETHAL counterfeit vodka is thought to be on sale in Hertfordshire.

Trading Standards officers are urging residents across the county to be wary of purchasing fake bottles of the Glen's brand, which could cause blindness or even kill.

Cheap "knock-off" 70cl bottles of the spirit, which has not been through the company's strict distilling process, have been found at five locations in neighbouring Buckinghamshire, and has sparked a national investigation.

County councillor Richard Smith, executive member for community safety, said: "There is a possibility that it may be on sale in Hertfordshire too, so businesses and consumers need to take extra care when buying this drink - especially from an unusual source.

"Make sure that you verify the authenticity of the vodka. Do not be tempted to buy the cheap version as its strength and effect cannot be certified.

"In past cases, counterfeit vodka has proved to be very dangerous to people's health and can cause blindness and even death."

Genuine Glen's Vodka 70cl can be easily identified.

It comes in bottles supplied by Allied Glass Containers with a small AGC logo on the base.

The following information is also embossed in the glass around 5mm from the base: 70cl 58mm C12173.

Any bottle of Glen's Vodka 70cl without this marking is counterfeit.

Counterfeit bottles found so far have the following codes embossed in the glass: SE607 700ml 66mm, 8509 700ml 66mm, 7828 700ml 66mm.

Glen Catrine does not use any of these bottles for its 70cl Glen's Vodka.

The front and back labels on the counterfeit bottles bottle appear to be self-adhesive as there is no visible glue pattern.

Genuine Glen's Vodka 70cl labels are applied by a labelling machine using a wet adhesive which produces a distinctive glue pattern on the back of the label (horizontal lines approximately 2mm apart).

Anyone who has purchased or been offered cheap Glen's Vodka should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

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