Syndicates rake in millions from customers ‘toasting’ to fake liquor and beer

October 14, 2020 – 9:16 am No Comments

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KUALA LUMPUR: Fake liquor is pouring into the country, with unsuspecting customers “toasting” to the adulterated spirits and thinking that they have a good deal because it is sold below market prices.

Syndicates involved in the production of low-quality or fake liquor and beer are believed to be raking in millions of ringgit as they target restaurants, pubs and karaoke lounges.

The Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry together with the International Federation of Spirits Producers (IFSP) have seized liquor and beer worth millions of ringgit over the years.

Malaysia is said to rank among the top five countries affected by the problem of counterfeit liquor.

The ministry says most of the fake liquor is brought in from China, Indonesia and Thailand.

The next time you order a bottle from the bartender, be wary of counterfeit liquor.

It may not be noticeable to the naked eye and you may be drinking adulterated or fake alcohol.

Regular consumption can lead to severe liver damage, sudden blindness and even death.

Pubgoers should treat this seriously as Malaysia is ranked among the top five countries affected by counterfeit spirits or liquor.

The most commonly counterfeited spirits are Scotch whisky and cognac, both of which command about 80% of alcohol sales in the country.

Quoted from theStar.

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