Mystery ‘vodka’ lands pair in court

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TWO men have been given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay more than £3,500 in costs after selling an unknown make of vodka in a branded bottle at an East Riding restaurant.

Azid Ahmed, the previous food business operator of Zolsha, in Bridgegate, Howden, and Mohammed Faisal, the licensee, pleaded guilty to two food standards offences at Beverley Magistrates’ Court.

The offences were discovered during a routine inspection when a sample of Smirnoff-branded vodka was taken away for tests and was found to contain another product.

Neither man could say where the drink had been purchased and could not provide invoices for it. The magistrate ordered them to each pay half of the £3,554.79 costs of the case.

Speaking after the hearing, Steve Headley, food services manager at East Riding Council, said: “Failure to comply with food standards legislation is a serious criminal offence and will attract the appropriate sanctions. This should be a reminder to businesses to maintain high standards and not resort to such practices, regardless of the economic downturn.”

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