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Whisky Italian style does not make the grade

13:06 23 December 2011

Italian whiskey?

Italian whiskey?

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Bottles of fake whisky have been found in Medway. Trading standards are warning shoppers to avoid the bogus alcohol

Medway Trading Standards have seized 180 bottles of Scotch whisky made in Italy.

In a joint inspection with HMRC customs, trading standard’s officers discovered the 40cl bottles of the spirit named ‘Granton Scotch Whisky’.

The product came to officer’s attention because of its description of being a Scotch Whisky while stating on the reverse label it was made in Italy.

The Scotch Whisky Act 1988 makes it unlawful to apply the term Scotch Whisky to products that have not been produced in Scotland.

Medway Council’s Trading Standards officers are liaising with staff at the Scotch Whisky Association, which provides expert guidance on whisky products.

In addition, samples of the bogus whisky have been sent for testing to discover if it contains any harmful ingredients.

The chemical analysis will also reveal if the contents can even qualify as whisky under the definition contained in EU regulations.

Cllr Mike O’Brien, portfolio holder for community safety and customer contact, said: “Officers from Medway Council’s Trading Standards team have been very busy this year ensuring that only safe and correctly described products are available to local shoppers this Christmas.

“It is essential in this case that we get the alert out to local residents over this product to ensure that no one suffers any adverse effects over the festive period from consuming this bogus product.”

Anyone who is offered or given any of the 40cl bottles of ‘Granton Scotch Whisky’ product is asked to not drink and to contact Trading Standards on 08454 040506.

The wholesaler cannot be named while the investigation continues.

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