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Cardiff trading standards warn of counterfeit wine

Glass of wine (generic)
Image caption Wine had been offered for sale in independent wholesalers and shops

Trading standards officials have warned wine-buyers about counterfeit bottles, which have been found in Cardiff.

Officers have seized a number of cases of counterfeit wine, labelled Jacob's Creek, from the Canton area.

They said although not harmful the counterfeit wine is of a "very low quality and substandard taste".

The lower bottom label on the back of the bottles has a spelling mistake, saying "Wine of Austrlia".

The counterfeit wine includes:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
  • Merlot 2009
  • Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008
  • Chardonnay 2009
  • Semillon Chardonnay 2009

Trading standards have been involved in an investigation, along with the Food Standards Agency and drinks group and brand owner Pernod Ricard.

'Mistake'

They found the counterfeit wines has been offered for sale in independent wholesalers and a number of small independent shops.

The counterfeit wines have been sampled and tested and there are no indications that the contents are harmful to health if consumed. However, the product is of very low quality and substandard taste.

Each counterfeit bottle has a spelling mistake below the text "South Eastern Australia," with the smaller text below having "Wine Of Australia" spelt "Wine of Austrlia".

Anyone who may have bought any counterfeit wine is asked to contact Cardiff trading standards on 029 20 87 2059 or email foodfraud@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

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