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Eversheds comment: Fake alcohol emphasises need to act on all recommendations of UK Elliott Report

  • United Kingdom

    29-12-2014

    Following reports that UK retailers have been alerted to a proliferation of counterfeit alcohol, in particular fake vodka that could cause serious illness, David Young, head of health and safety at law firm Eversheds, comments:

    "Whilst there has been considerable publicity about food fraud since the horsemeat scandal nearly two years ago, the proliferation of counterfeit alcohol has troubled trading standards authorities for a good deal longer. The scale of the challenge, whether it be spirits (particularly vodka) or wine, coupled with the scaling back of local authority resources, emphasises the importance of acting upon the Elliott Report recommendations in relation to the alcoholic drinks sector with similar priority to meat and other foods."

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