Close Menu

Warning over fake Jacobs Creek

Fake bottles of Jacob’s Creek are flooding the UK market, with trading standards officials seizing counterfeit stock in cities across the country.

Hundreds of bottles of imitation Jacob’s Creek, which have made their way into off-licences across the country, have already been seized.

The wine appears identical to the real thing, apart from a tell-tale misspelling of "Australia" on the label – it is incorrectly spelt "Austrlia".

Trading standards officials have warned consumers to look for the error when buying a bottle of one of the Australian wines.

The wine itself is also described as being vastly inferior to regular Jacob’s Creek.

Pernod Ricard UK, owner of Jacob’s Creek, launched an investigation after receiving a growing number of complaints from customers about the quality of the wine they had bought.

Deputy managing director of wine for Pernod Ricard, Simon Thomas, said: "This counterfeit product is of very low quality and substandard taste.

"Tests indicate the content is not harmful but anyone with doubts concerning the authenticity should not consume it."

Hundreds of imitations have already been seized in London, Surrey, Reading and Cardiff.

The fake wine is believed to originate from China and is being sold to off-licences and independent shops for as little as £2 per bottle.

Colin Houston, head of food fraud and incidents at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), said: "Consumers need to be vigilant and should check closely for spelling mistakes.

“The FSA takes the issue of food and drink fraud very seriously and is working closely with local trading standards officers and the brand owner to stop the unlawful selling of this wine."

Alan Lodge, 06.04.2011

It looks like you're in Asia, would you like to be redirected to the Drinks Business Asia edition?

Yes, take me to the Asia edition No