Chewing gum found in ‘fake’ wine bottle

Counterfeit wine has become a real concern in the United Kingdom. In the most recent example, Trading Standards officers raided a shop in Liverpool and seized a stash of 50 bottles carrying the name of such well brands as Echo Falls, Blossom Hill, Kumala and Hardy’s.

The plastic seal and poor condition of the labels were clear warning signs that something was not quite right. It appears that the counterfeiters found empty used bottles and screw tops, refilled the bottles with ‘liquid’ and then secured them with a plastic seal.