16 May '11, 4am

Beijing police crack down on fake booze #whisky

BEIJING - POLICE in Beijing have detained 11 suspects and confiscated more than 10,000 bottles of fake foreign liquor destined for use at the Chinese capital's bars and nightclubs, state press said on Monday. Police confiscated the fake booze - including bottles of whisky labelled Chivas, Johnnie Walker and Jack Daniel's - in raids on six Beijing area manufacturing outlets last week, the Global Times said. Manufacturers allegedly bottled cheap bulk liquor, or even toxic industrial alcohol such as methanol, into bottles with well-known brand names, the report said. With an average bottle of phony liquor costing about 10 yuan (S$1.90) to produce, manufacturers and nightclubs could rake in major profits by selling the contraband for up to 580 yuan a bottle to customers, the paper said. 'Some fake liquor is adulterated whisky, and some are just mixtures of erguotou (a cheap Ch...

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