Council warns against vodka that could cause blindness

The Radanoff vodka seized by Hull City Council.
The Radanoff vodka seized by Hull City Council.

Newcastle’s Trading Standards have today put out an alert to warn the public against dodgy vodka that could cause blindness.

Radanoff, a fake brand of vodka, was recently seized by Hull City Council who warned that it could contain industrial alcohol which can cause blindness or death.

Newcastle City Council’s trading standards team have this week investigated two separate reports of off-licenses selling the dodgy vodka and although no vodka has been uncovered they warn that it is likely the dangerous alcohol will make its way into the city.

Businesses are being encouraged to take extra precautions to ensure that they do not purchase the illegal alcohol and are being advised to check the details of all invoices offered carefully to ensure the HMRC alcohol wholesaler scheme is adhered to.

Any businesses that are caught to be selling any form of counterfeit or illegal alcohol can be prosecuted and may have their license revoked.

Nick Kemp, cabinet member for environment at Newcastle City Council said: “We have carried out inspection visits to multiple licensed premises following reports of Radanoff vodka being sold in the area. While we did not identify this vodka being sold, we want to make the public aware of the risks of purchasing and drinking this fake brand and encourage anyone who spots the brand on sale to report it.

If you see Radanoff, or any other suspicious alcohol brand, please contact trading standards at tradingstandards@newcastle.gov.uk or 2787878.”

If you have any concerns after drinking products of their nature and feeling unwell, seek medical advice as a matter of urgency.