FSAI Issue Warning Over Counterfeit Vodka

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued a warning over a quantity of counterfeit Smirnoff red label vodka.

It is understood that the UK's Food Standards Agency sent information to the FSAI as part of an ongoing investigation it is carrying out.

Tests carried out on the counterfeit booze being sold in Ireland found nothing harmful, but did record an alcohol content of 32% rather than the 37.5% that appears on the label.

An FSAI statement said: "The FSAI is advising consumers and food businesses to be vigilant when purchasing this product and if they have any doubt about its authenticity not to purchase or consume it.

"Given we have no information as to when or where this alcohol originates from, it would be unwise for anyone to drink it.

"The counterfeit vodka was found on sale in the retail and pub sectors. Food businesses should only source stock from registered distributors and wholesalers, as it is their legal responsibility to ensure the food and drink they are selling complies with all food safety and traceability requirements."


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