The Singaporean authorities have handed nearly 78,000 fake Smirnoff vodka bottles, caps and labels to brand owner Diageo for destruction.
The counterfeits were uncovered in eleven 20-foot shipping containers by Singapore customs in June 2013 at the Keppel Distripark shipping complex whilst en route from a neighbouring country, according to the authorities on the island.
"The items, suspected to be used for illegal bottling activities and sale outside Singapore, were immediately detained," said Singapore customs in a statement. The shipment was handed over to a representative of Diageo North America on December 26.
Counterfeits spirits have been found to contain a range of noxious contaminants, including isopropanol, methanol and chloroform. These types of chemicals can cause a range of symptoms and adverse effects, ranging from sickness and vomiting and abdominal pain to kidney or liver problems, coma, irreversible blindness and death.