Gatecrasher Clubs and Bars Limited in Leeds have been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £2,095.67 costs for selling industrial alcohol as vodka at a student freshers week event.
On September 11, 2012, West Yorkshire Trading Standards officers visited the Bed nightclub on New Briggate, Leeds as a result of a complaint that the premises were selling counterfeit vodka.
The officers found 656 litres of fake spirit labelled as “Premium vodka”, which the manager had just removed from sale that evening as a result of customer complaints.
The drink was tested by the West Yorkshire Public Analyst and found to contain isopropanol, tertiary butanol and chloroform, none of which should be in vodka. All the bottles were subsequently seized by Trading Standards officers.
The investigations revealed that the drink was obtained through a broker as a “cash deal”, arranged through the head office of Gatecrasher Clubs and Bars Ltd, which is based in Sheffield.
The case against the supplier was adjourned until 13th September 2013.