Gum in bottle exposes wine scam
Published 23/06/2011 | 12:43
A counterfeit wine scam has been uncovered after a piece of chewing gum was found in a bottle of rose.
The scam came to light when a resident bought a bottle of wine from an off-licence in north Liverpool.
Trading standards officers raided the shop and seized 50 75cl bottles of wine which were on sale for £5 each and were apparently from well-known brands including Echo Falls, Blossom Hill, Kumala and Hardy's.
Trading standards officers said that initial tests of the bottles' contents suggested that the wine appeared to have oxidised giving it a "vinegar"-type smell.
The bottles have been sent off for analysis, but the results are not yet available.
Officers from Liverpool Trading Standards Alcohol and Tobacco Unit (ATU) have visited more than 100 premises in the city checking for this product and are asking consumers to be vigilant.
Gary Baskott, ATU manager, said: "Our investigations are continuing but are at an early stage right now.
"Currently, we are reviewing the evidence we have available in order to trace the source of this supply and robust enforcement action will be taken against the organisers of this criminal activity."