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Wednesday, 13 November, 2002, 02:11 GMT
Alert over bootleg Christmas spirit
Fake whisky (right)
Fake bottles of whisky (right) have been found
A warning over bootleg Christmas spirits has been issued in the Scottish Highlands.

Environmental health officers said counterfeit alcohol containing potentially poisonous substances had been sold.

They have warned the public and those in the licensed trade to be wary when buying drink over the Christmas period.


What may seem a bargain may cause serious health problems

Alan Yates
Highland Council
And environmental health officers will be sampling drinks on sale in the area's licensed premises to ensure that drinkers are not being short-changed.

Last week a warning was issued by the Food Standards Agency after counterfeit Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky was found in England.

Alan Yates, Highland Council's principal food safety officer, said no bottles of the bootleg product had been found in Scotland.

However, he stressed: "People should avoid buying any alcohol from any dubious sources.

"People should always ask themselves why they are being offered a product so cheaply.

"What may seem a bargain may cause serious health problems. Anyone with concerns should contact their local environmental health office."

Alcohol sampling

The council is advising people to only buy alcohol from recognised sources.

Environmental health officers will also be carrying out alcohol sampling at licensed premises in the run-up to Christmas.

They will be looking for what is called "tipping" in the trade - the practice of putting cheap, sometimes bootlegged, spirits into branded bottles for resale in pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars.

It is estimated that this costs consumers about 20m each year in the UK.

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