Issued By
Cumbria County Council

CONTAMINATED VODKA ALERT

Cumbria Trading Standards are warning shoppers to be on the lookout for contaminated vodka, following an alert from the Food Standards Agency. The offending brand is called ‘Imperial Volkanov Vodka’ and the product has been found to contain dangerous levels of methanol.

The product was discovered on sale in the Manchester area in the autumn of 2002, and, following the screening last week of the BBC documentary “The Food Police”, 24 bottles have been found in the Leicestershire area.

Phil Ashcroft, Head of Cumbria Trading Standards, said “Our officers are currently visiting off-licences to make sure that any offending bottles are removed from sale. To date we haven’t found any in Cumbria, but if we do we will investigate where they came from. If anyone sees this product on sale, will they please contact Cumbria Trading Standards on 01539 773594”.

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Notes for Editors:

1. The bottles are marked “Distributed for K.M.G. 57, Bodana Knmelnitskogo Str 236039 Kalinginrad Russia for EEC”.

2. The effects of methanol poisoning include abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness, breathing difficulties, blurred vision and, in some cases, blindness.

3. For more information on this Press Release contact Eamonn Quinn (tel: 01229 894522) or Patrick Thomas (tel: 01539 773591) at Cumbria Trading Standards