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Jakarta Post

Fake liquor floods local market

  • Wasti Atmodjo

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, July 3 2009   /  02:59 pm

Illegal and fake alcoholic beverages have inundated the Bali market in the last few months, a tax official said Thursday. Agus Sudarmadji unveiled the finding during a coordinating meeting involving officials from the Bali Trade and Industry Office, the tax and excise office, the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM), distributors, importers and tourism industry executives. He said the tax and excise office had found that 94 percent of 7,000 bottles of alcoholic drinks were distributed without duty stamps. "Some of them have fake stamps," he said. He added the office had also found bottles of fake liquor that could be harmful to consumers' health. "We've already ordered a withdrawal of fake and illegal liquor from the market," Sudarmadji said, adding this had led to an alcohol shortage. Demand for liquor in Bali is higher than elsewhere in the country, due ...