AN operation to clampdown on counterfeit alcohol has given city traders a clean bill of health.
Officers from Milton Keynes Trading Standards took part in a regional survey of retailers selling alcohol to the public as part of a clampdown on potential dangerous wine and spirits.
The operation found that 20 per cent of retail premises across the south east were selling spirits or wines that were either counterfeit, had no duty paid or had incorrect origin labelling – but that all traders in Milton Keynes were compliant.
Head of Trading Standards Karen Ford said: “Illicit alcohol is likely to be poor quality, and may contain unsafe ingredients which can cause blindness and, in some cases, death.
“Shops which sell illegal alcohol also harm legitimate business. Our message to retailers is that should be careful where they buy their goods and especially to avoid itinerant sellers who turn up unannounced with a van full of stock.
“Anyone found selling illicit alcohol will not just end up in trouble with Trading Standards, but Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs for tax evasion also.”
Councillor Mike Galloway, Milton Keynes Council cabinet boss for Regulatory Services said: “We want to ensure that revellers are protected from the dangers of illegal alcohol both in the festive season and beyond.
“The consequences for any trader tempted to make a quick buck by selling illegal alcohol are likely to be very serious.”