Published: 07 March 2017 by Steve Burnett
Often, if a deal is too good to be true, then it is really one to be avoided.
Unfortunately, operators and licensed premises are still at risk of being conned into purchasing and subsequently selling counterfeit alcohol.
There are serious consequences if operators are found in possession of fake alcohol. The Secretary of State’s Guidance states that where a review of a premises licence arises in connection with the sale of ‘smuggled’ alcohol, revocation of the premises licence, ‘even in the first instance – should be seriously considered’. However, ultimately, the sale of counterfeit alcohol which results in death could result in a criminal prosecution of an individual or even a company.
It is important that operators and licensed premises protect their customers and their livelihood by employing proper systems and training to avoid putting lives and their premises licence at risk.
The checklist below is not exhaustive, but it identifies some of the things operators should consider incorporating in their systems and training, to help avoid the unscrupulous few selling fake alcohol.
If you have any doubts about a wholesaler, the contents of a delivery or a stock of alcohol then do not turn a blind eye. Ensure that you contact and notify the police or your local Trading Standards Officer.
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