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Danger from fake vodka.

Drinkers are being warned to steer clear of bogus bottles of vodka, spiked with dangerous amounts of methanol.

The fake Kirov Vodka contaminated with high levels of methanol can cause abdominal pain, drowsiness and blurred vision, leading to blindness and breathing difficulties if consumed in high quantities.

The warning from Middlesbrough Council's Food and Safety Team follows the discovery of counterfeit 70cl and 35cl bottles of Kirov Vodka in Kent.

Genuine Kirov Vodka bottles have a red cap with a double-headed eagle printed in gold and black on the top and the word 'Kirov' printed three times on the cap side.

Counterfeit bottles have plain red caps and are not stamped with black ink jet lot codes on the glass, which are always found on the genuine product.

Anyone who finds the counterfeit vodka should contact the Food and Safety team on 01642 728217.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2003
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