Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service


After the recent dangerous “Valkonov Vodka” and fake “Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky” alerts, Trading Standards and Environmental Health Officers are putting out a new warning regarding more fake spirits, which contain harmful levels of methanol.

In recent weeks the Food Standards Agency has warned the public about fake vodka and whisky, which was found to be contaminated with methanol, a poisonous form of alcohol. A new alert has now been issued regarding a different brand of vodka, which has been seized by police from a house in East Lothian, Scotland. Four cases of twelve bottles each were found at the house. Analysis of the vodka indicates a 5.7% level of methanol which is a dangerous amount.

Identification of the product:
Name: “Original Vodka Russian Export Quality”
Other Information: 1 Litre, Made in Belgium, 37.5%vol. Batch Code on back label:Lo958, Bar Code 5414145035066
The front label has a coat of arms consisting of two lions with a shield in the middle with a star and a crown.

Although none of this dangerous vodka has been found in West Yorkshire, officers will be checking retail outlets to make sure it is not on sale. Any retailer or member of the public who has purchased this product, or suspects that it is on sale, should contact West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service or their District Environmental Health Departments. Under no circumstances should the product be consumed. Councillor Graham Clarke, Chairman of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Committee warned:

“It is of great concern to me that we are again having to warn people about dangerous spirit drinks. Methanol is not a drinkable alcohol and can cause serious harm including abdominal pain, breathing difficulties, blurred vision and even blindness. Those who have bottled such products clearly have no regard for the safety of the people who might drink them. I would ask the public to look out for these products in case they may have been distributed in West Yorkshire.”

If consumers have any concerns they should contact the West Yorkshire Consumer Helpline on 0113 3 848 848 between 8.30 am – 6.30 pm Monday to Friday and 9.00 am – 1.00 pm on Saturdays.

For further information please contact

Graham Hebblethwaite Divisional Manager/General Media Contact 0113 289 8218
Andrew Bibby Principal Trading Standards Officer 0113 289 8237
Steven Kaye Principal Trading Standards Officer 0113 289 8229
Food Standards Agency