A major alert has been issued after the seizure of 150 bottles of counterfeit vodka laced with chemicals that can put people in a coma.
Teams of trading standards officers worked late into the night yesterday to search 172 shops, off licences, pubs and clubs across Salford after the discovery of the highly-toxic booze.
The counterfeit products were found at stores in Langworthy and Broughton.
Council officials said the seized bottles – falsely branded as Smirnoff Red Label and an unknown brand, Drop Vodka – are potentially lethal and contain a chemical which can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness – and even induce a coma.
The first discovery was made yesterday morning when officers raided a shop in Langworthy and seized 74 bottles of the fake Smirnoff and 15 bottles of Drop.
It came after a resident contacted the council complaining of the booze ‘tasting funny’.
A further 15 bottles were seized from a shop in Broughton yesterday afternoon.
However it is feared many more could be on sale or have been bought. Read More