Social club fined £300 for selling fake Smirnoff
A well-known social club in north Belfast has been fined a total of £300 for selling fake vodka.
The club secretary of the Shamrock Sports and Social Club in Flax Street, Ardoyne, was also ordered to pay court costs of £72 for the six breaches of food safety legislation.
The prosecution was taken after samples taken at the club on November 19, 2015 revealed that five separate samples of Smirnoff vodka had been adulterated. The amount of alcohol in each of the samples was different to that declared by Smirnoff.
Genuine Smirnoff vodka produced for the UK market contains markers which were not detected in any of the samples.
The samples were not genuine Smirnoff - an offence under Article 13 of the Food Safety (NI) Order 1991.
The club secretary was prosecuted for these five offences and an additional charge of failing to provide specific details regarding who supplied the alcohol.
The case was part of Operation OPSON - a worldwide Europol and Interpo-led initiative against fake and illicit food.