Pub fined €7,000 over counterfeit Smirnoff
A PUB has been fined €7,000 for selling below-strength counterfeit Smirnoff vodka and misleading consumers and an investigator probing the fraud.
Hughie's Bar in Church Street, Kingscourt, Co Cavan, owned by Hughie Byrne, was convicted of four offences last month following the seizure of counterfeit Smirnoff Red Label vodka in December 2013.
Judge Sean McBride ordered the counterfeit vodka to be destroyed and said the country's entire tourist and food and drink industry was dependent on integrity and protecting consumers.
Meanwhile, Eddie Rockets restaurant in Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow, Co Wicklow, received a closure order on January 13.
Eddie Rockets said in a statement that the order was served due to a slight temperature inaccuracy in one of its fridges which was immediately fixed, allowing the restaurant to reopen the following morning.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland revealed details of four businesses that were prosecuted under food law in January and another 10 that were issued with enforcement orders.
These included a Spar at 17 Douglas Street, Cork which received a closure order applying to its deli area on January 27, which was lifted the following day when the problems were sorted out.