Shop’s alcohol licence suspended

A SHOP in Worthing has had its alcohol licence suspended for three months following an investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards department.

A West Sussex County Council press release states that Premier Supermarket Express, in South Street, was visited in November 2011 when an officer found eight bottles of unbranded vodka on display for sale which did not conform to legal requirements.

These products were seized and one bottle was sent for analysis. The analysis confirmed that the product contained propan-2-ol and T-butanol, which are both industrial alcohols and should not be found in genuine vodka products.

The analyst also stated that the duty stamp on the bottle had several irregularities.

There was also no proper invoice provided this purchase and the cash receipt, which was given, had fictitious details on it.

The matter was brought to the attention of Worthing Borough Council as part of the license review procedure and its Licensing Committee has now suspended the shop’s alcohol license for three months.

Christine Field, West Sussex Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “I hope this case will serve as a warning to others that these type of sales practices will not be tolerated.

“Trading Standards will continue to support businesses and the local economy by ensuring honest traders are not undermined by people selling illegal goods.”