Bottles of fake vodka have been removed from premises in Lewisham (UK) following a joint operation by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Lewisham Council.
Food safety officers from Lewisham Council found the bottles being sold at a convenience store in the borough after being alerted by the FSA’s Food Fraud Team.
A member of the public contacted the FSA after noticing the bottles labelled Drop Vodka in the store. Drop Vodka is not registered by any company in the UK and could be harmful.
Tests carried out by local authorities on Drop Vodka seized throughout England and Wales have identified the presence of propan-2-ol and methanol.
They have also found that ‘Drop Vodka’ does not contain enough alcohol to be called vodka. Vodka should contain no less than 37.5% alcohol, but ‘Drop Vodka’ has levels of 28.6% alcohol.
Alcohol fraud costs the UK economy more £1bn in lost revenue each year, with spirits alone accounting for £130m.