Czech customs seize counterfeit wine

Sklepmistr bottleCzech customs have seized thousands of counterfeit bottles of popular wine brand Puvodni Sklepmistr from several retail outlets in the capital Prague, as well as 30,000 other drugstore-type items.

Some 2,432 litres of the fake wine were intercepted at the Sapa market in the city, a network of mainly Vietnamese shops specialising in Asian foods and other specialist produce.

Puvodni Sklepmistr is a traditional Czech brand but is a relatively low-priced product, providing once again evidence that criminals can profit by counterfeiting even products with narrow profit margins.

A press release issued by Czech customs notes that the fake wine was of "inferior quality" and showed discrepancies in the labelling and corks used, whilst also being offered at a discounted price to the genuine brand.

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