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Phoney Imported Whisky Will Be Seized At Our Ports

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A crackdown on counterfeit Scotch whisky will be launched this week.

From tomorrow, port authorities will impound cheap foreign spirits claiming to be the real thing and slap fines on the importers.

Tougher regulations target brands from India and China with Scottishsounding names such as Red Scot and Glen Highland Green.

They will impose strict rules on using the names of distilleries and distillers on labels. There will also be new protection for the traditional names like “Islay” historically linked with Scotch whisky and clear rules about stating a whisky’s age.

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Scotch whisky is a £3billion-ayear business and Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy – a teetotaller – said: “We must protect a key industry. We can no longer let others trade on our good name.”

And Food Minister Jim Fitzpatrick urged customers to check the labels on bottles to make sure they get the genuine product when they are buying for Christmas.

“The new rules mean if it says ‘Scotch Whisky’ on the bottle it will be Scotch whisky inside,” he said. “When you buy you want to know it’s from Scotland – not a cheaper inferior imitation.”

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