Issued By
Cumbria County Council


Cumbria Trading Standards is repeating its alert about the dangers of counterfeit vodka. The warning comes after tests on counterfeit bottles of Kirov Vodka showed unacceptably high levels of methanol.

High levels of methanol can cause serious harm to health, including abdominal pain, drowsiness, blurred vision and breathing difficulties leading to coma.

The counterfeit bottles are in 70cl and 35cl sizes.

· Genuine bottles have a red screw top with a double headed eagle printed in gold and black on the top and ‘Kirov’ printed on the side in three places. The lids of the counterfeits seized are just plain red.

· Genuine bottles have a lot code marked in black ink on the neck of the bottles. The counterfeits seized did not have any lot code marking.

Off-licences in Cumbria have been visited, but none of the offending bottles were found. If anyone has bought one, they are asked to report it to their local Trading Standards Office.

Notes for Editors:

1. For pictures of the counterfeit bottles, visit
2. For more information on this press release, contact Eamonn Quinn on 01229 894522 or Pat Thomas on 01539 773591
3. Trading standards offices are located at:
74 Abbey Road, Barrow
County Offices, Kendal
Station Road, Cockermouth
13 Earl Street, Carlisle
Richmond House, Catherine Street, Whitehaven