NOTE: This content is old - Published: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2011.
Wrexham Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to the town’s residents over a fake brand of vodka which is currently being sold.
Testing of the product called Drop Vodka has revealed the presence of Isopropanol, often used in cleaning fluids, along with other substances rendering it a health risk.
The product is also underneath the ABV level required for it to legally be classed as a vodka.
Samples of Drop Vodka taken by local authorities have detected levels of 28.6% ABV, which is well below the advertised ABV stated on the bottle.
The vodka’s label also holds a fake mark claiming its suitability for sale in the UK.
To date, the illicit bottles of vodka have been found on sale in various towns across England and Wales including Scunthorpe, Norwich, Wakefield, Leeds, Salford, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Potters Bar, Aldershot, Colchester and Cardiff.
Trading Standards has yet to establish the owner of the brand and said that they have typically found it on sale in small independent retailers such as corner shops and petrol stations.
Andy Lewis Head of Housing and Public Protection for Wrexham County Borough Council said:
“This product is potentially damaging to health and consumers are advised not to drink it. We are currently contacting all licensees in the county to tell them to inspect their stock and contact us if they have any suspicious product.
“Anyone having this product in their possession or seeing it on sale is asked to contact Wrexham County Borough Council’s Trading Standards Service on 01978 292045.”