Liquor and Gaming NSW is looking into claims leveled at an Orange-based liquor business that it sold counterfeit spirits in bottles with misleading information.
The ABC on Monday published a story claiming D'Aquino Bros Pty Ltd has been bottling, distributing and selling scotch and tequila products which do not conform to legal standards.
Specifically, the story’s allegations claim D’Aquinos’ products are made in Australia and do not adhere to requirements that scotch must originate in Scotland, and tequila can only be produced in certain parts of Mexico.
D’Aquinos advertises itself as a ‘bottling, distilling, wholesale, export and import’ business on its website, and runs two bottleshops in Orange on Bathurst Road and Peisley Street.
As of Tuesday, the company’s website contained images and information about the products in question.
According to information on the site, its scotch – The Black Scot – is ‘imported’ and a ‘product of Scotland’, while their Reeba Reeba tequila is labeled a ‘product of Mexico’.
The Black Scot is bottled and sold in 150-millilitre, 700-millilitre and one-litre bottles, while Reeba Reeba comes in 700-millilitre bottles.
A spokesperson from Liquor and Gaming NSW said the State government body “is reviewing the matter to ensure the businesses named in media reports hold the relevant liquor licences and are complying with obligations under NSW liquor laws”.
“The NSW Food Authority and NSW Fair Trading regulate food safety requirements (including food labelling) and consumer protection matters respectively,” the spokesperson said.
“Liquor and Gaming NSW will liaise with both regulators and assist with inquiries where appropriate.”
A spokesperson for D’Aquinos on Tuesday declined to answer questions on the allegations, saying “we don’t make any comment on production issues”.
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