Issued By
Cumbria County Council


Another batch of Vodka containing excessive levels of methanol has been discovered, this time in East Lothian, Scotland. This potentially dangerous Vodka is labelled ‘Original Vodka Russia Export Quality’ and is in 1 litre bottles marked Made in Belgium. The front label has a coat of arms and the back label bears a batch code Lo958 and barcode 5414145035066. Pictures of the vodka can be found on the Food Standards agency website:-

Phil Ashcroft, Head of Cumbria Trading Standards, said: “This is the third alert of this type in the last month. Our officers continue to visit off-licence outlets in the County, but as yet none of the offending bottles have been found in Cumbria. People should only buy spirits from reputable outlets”.

Anyone who thinks that they may have bought this product should contact their local Trading Standards office immediately.

The symptoms of methanol poisoning which include severe abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision, can be delayed for several hours and anyone who thinks that they may have drunk this product should seek medical attention immediately.


Notes for Editors:

1. This release follows recent alerts about ‘Imperial Volkanov Vodka’ and counterfeit Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky, both of which contained excessive levels of methanol.

2. Trading Standards offices in Cumbria are located at:

County Offices, Kendal Tel: 01539 773577
74 Abbey Road, Barrow Tel: 01229 894520
13 Earl Street, Carlisle Tel: 01228 607447
Fairfield, Station Road, Cockermouth Tel: 01900 325980
Richmond House, Catherine Street, Whitehaven Tel: 01946 852880

3. For more information on this press release contact Patrick Thomas (01539 773591) or Eamonn Quinn (01229 894522).