Warning over Vodka contaminated with Methanol....11 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 11, 2003 - 04:04 PM

Trading Standards is warning consumers to beware of a brand of vodka, which may be contaminated with methanol. ‘Imperial Valkinov Vodka (charcoal distilled)’ has been found on sale in a number of areas across the country and its source has not yet been traced.

Methanol can cause serious medical problems which may not be apparent until some hours after the product is drunk. The symptoms of methanol poisoning include, severe abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision leading to blindness and coma with breathing difficulties.

Imperial Valkonov Vodka is in a clear one-litre bottle with gold screw-top caps. Its label also says ‘Distributed for KMG 57, Bodana Khmelnitskogo Str 236039, Kalinginrad, Russia for EEC’ in very small print at the bottom.

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Grahame Weston, said: “This product is extremely dangerous. We are not only warning consumers but also local businesses not to buy this product. If anyone has seen Valkonov Vodka on the shelf, bought it or have been approached and asked to sell some, please get in touch with Trading Standards.�

Please call Trading Standards helpline on: 08457 585497 if you are worried about Valkonov Vodka or have seen it on sale.