UK: Food Standards Agency warns over Drop 'Vodka'
The UK Food Standards Agency has warned consumers, retailers and bars in the country to be on the lookout for Drop Vodka, following seizures of the illicit brand in several cities.
Bottles of Drop Vodka, which are labelled as being imported from France and Italy, have been seized in small independent retailers across England and Wales, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said today (24 November). Early tests show that the spirit may contain potentially harmful Propan-2-ol and methanol.
The FSA urged the drinks trade to watch out for the brand, which it said has not been registered by any company in the UK. An FSA spokesperson told just-drinks that Drop Vodka has been priced at around GBP6 (US$9.30) per 70cl bottle, which puts it below the cost of duty. By law, any spirit marketed as vodka that is below 37.5% abv cannot use the term 'vodka'.
"We're at the stage of putting together all of our information and we're investigating," said the FSA spokesperson. It is not clear who has been producing the vodka.
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