Almost 2 million litres of illicit wine is seized

04 February, 2011

Government agencies have seized more than 1.8 million litres of illicit wines in the past nine months, it has been revealed.

Economic secretary to the Treasury Justine Greening admitted there was “no specific estimate of the level of fraud in wine” when questioned by Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson about the cost to the public purse created by illegal trade.

But she said: “When the alcohol strategy was renewed last year it was extended to address all categories of alcoholic drinks and not just spirits, the only drinks covered by the previous strategy.

“In the first nine months from implementation of the renewed strategy, HMRC and UKBA have seized over 1.8 million litres of illicit wine. The Tackling Alcohol Fraud strategy, which was implemented from April 1 2010, addresses fraud in all alcoholic drinks including wine.”

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