Food Law Legal Updates

Food Law - Food Standards Agency - Counterfeit Spar Imperial Vodka – Criminal Action


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced on 21 April 2011, that the manager of Sisecam Ltd involved in the nationwide distribution of counterfeit Spar Imperial Vodka received a suspended nine months custodial sentence, in addition to 200 hours unpaid work. This was a limited company. The manager was prosecuted as a result of the collaboration between the FSA, the police, trading standards, environmental health officers and customs officials.

The company’s warehouse was raided in September 2008, and hundreds of bottles of counterfeit Spar Imperial Vodka were seized along with other illegal wines, spirits and sheets of counterfeit customs duty stamps. A total of £3860 in cash found at the premises was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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© RT COOPERS, 2011. This Briefing Note does not provide a comprehensive or complete statement of the law relating to the issues discussed nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight general issues. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in relation to particular circumstances


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