A WARNING has been issued over a vodka drink which has been declared unsafe for human consumption.
Drinkers in south east Northumberland are being urged by trading standards not to consume a product called ‘Drop Vodka’.
The alcoholic drink is circulating throughout the country and there are concerns it could also become available in the area.
Tests carried out by local authorities have identified the presence of Propan-2-ol, methanol and other substances which makes the product unsafe.
Consumers are advised not to drink the vodka because it is not registered by any company in the UK and could be harmful.
Usually, food and drink goes through rigorous testing before it is placed on the market, but because ‘Drop Vodka’ is not registered, it has not been through this process.
Other tests have found that the product does not contain enough alcohol to be called vodka as legally it should contain no less than 37.5 per cent alcohol, but the highlighted product only has levels of 28.6 per cent alcohol.
There are also some labelling issues, particularly the lack of producer’s details, which are needed to ensure that the drink is fully traceable.
Jimmy Power, Northumberland County Council’s business and consumer protection manager, said: “I would strongly advise consumers not to drink this product.
“If you have bought this product, or someone has offered to sell it to you, please contact trading standards by calling 0800 600 6400.”
‘Drop Vodka’ has been found on sale in small independent retailers, corner shops, petrol stations and so on, but there is concern pubs and clubs may have been targeted and drinkers in the county are being urged to be on their guard.
To date, the illicit bottles have been found on sale in Scunthorpe, Norwich, Wakefield, Leeds, Salford, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Potters Bar, Aldershot, Colchester and Cardiff, though it could be on sale throughout the UK.