Hunt launched for toxic vodka

VODKA laced with poisonous methanol may be on sale in shops in Suffolk.Trading Standards officers are on the hunt for bottles branded S Petersbourg and St.

VODKA laced with poisonous methanol may be on sale in shops in Suffolk.

Trading Standards officers are on the hunt for bottles branded S Petersbourg and St. Petersburg; any found will be withdrawn from sale.

Bottles have already been found in the Waltham Forest area of East London containing dangerously high levels of methanol, which can lead to abdominal pain, breathing problems and even coma if swallowed.

The bottles have the following markings:


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S Petersbourg Vodka –

A white front label with:

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S Petersbourg in black lettering and Vodka in red lettering

70cl,e, 37.5%Vol.

Gold crown with cross swords and two red lions at the top, and a gold image of buildings at the bottom.

A white back label with:

S Petersbourg in black lettering and Vodka in red

'Produced and bottled by cod.ACCISA GE A0002A – NE (GE)'

'70cl,e, 37.5% and the bar code 8003151000006.'

The bottles found so far also bear the lot code L601-02.

St. Petersburg Vodka bottles have been found in 1-litre bottles and have identical labelling except for being 1LTR volume instead of 70cl, and have a different spelling on the label.

Anyone who thinks they may have bought a bottle matching either of these descriptions, should contact the Trading Standards Advice Line on 01473 584358.

The symptoms can be delayed for several hours, so anyone who thinks they have drunk any of this contaminated vodka is advised to see their doctor as a priority.

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