Hotel near Liskeard fined for substituting branded spirit

The owner of a hotel near Liskeard has been fined £126 after a bottle behind the bar labelled as Bacardi Rum was found not to contain that brand of spirit.

Mark Frost was also ordered to pay costs of £1,696 and a £30 victim surcharge after the hearing at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 15 March 2017.

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The court case followed a routine inspection of the Wheal Tor Hotel, Caradon Hill, Pensilva, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 5PJ in July 2016 by Cornwall Council’s Public Protection Service, when a bottle of Bacardi Rum behind the Hotel’s bar was tested for authenticity. On testing it was discovered the spirit in the bottle was not Bacardi but had been substituted with a different product.

Matthew Collings, Trading Standards Officer said, "Trading Standards’ Inspections of businesses allow us to ensure that consumers within Cornwall can have confidence in the authenticity and safety of their purchases. It also promotes a fair and level playing field for businesses.  We hope the outcome of this case will reassure consumers within Cornwall that we consider the truthful description of food products to be a priority area of work in protecting the public.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “This is yet another example of the work carried out on a daily basis by our Trading Standards team to ensure that the public are protected.”


Story posted 17 March 2017