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Seizures of fake alcohol increase fivefold in two years

The Guardian, 3 February 2012
Publié le : 3 février 2012
 Rebecca Smithers 

Seizures of counterfeit alcohol by trading standards authorities have soared fivefold in two years, according to research which shows how criminal gangs are tapping into the demand for bargain booze.

The findings - the first to give a detailed national picture measuring criminal activity in different sectors relating to trading standards - have prompted concern that local authorities may focus on alcohol seizures to the detriment of other categories such as consumer electronics.

Worryingly, the investigation revealed no formal method for sharing intelligence between public health authorities and the drinks industry to identify fake alcohol, which often contains substances that can cause severe injury or even death.

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