Licensee fined for tipping

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Food safety, Spirit

A licensee has been convicted of substituting a branded spirit for a cheaper brand, the crime known as 'tipping'.Michael Edwin Johnson, licensee of...

A licensee has been convicted of substituting a branded spirit for a cheaper brand, the crime known as 'tipping'.

Michael Edwin Johnson, licensee of the Magnet in Osbaldwick Lane, York was convicted under the Food Safety Act 1990 and fined £2,000 plus £1,759.40 costs for refilling a bottle of Bell's with a different brand of whisky and selling it to his customers.

Trading Standards officers called on the outlet, following a complaint and ordered a Bell's whisky, which was served from a Bell's bottle. Following analysis it was identified as not being the brand that was requested.

A major campaign, to protect consumers, was launched by a newly formed trade association, the International Federation of Spirits Producers (IFSP) because the problem is still common in the trade.

Philip Scatchard, director of the IFSP, said "There is a lot of cheap, illicit and sometimes dangerous alcohol in circulation so it is vitally important that the label on the bottle accurately reflects contents. Hopefully this will be yet another deterrent to ensure that this fraudulent and potentially dangerous activity is stamped out completely".

Related topics: Other operators

Property of the week

Follow us

Pub Trade Guides

View more