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Beer with expired dates being sold in city

Flouting norms, some liquor vends in the city are selling international beer brands beyond expiration dates.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2012 01:09 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Flouting norms, some liquor vends in the city are selling international beer brands beyond expiration dates.

The labels on the beer bottles and cans clearly read “Best before six months of manufacturing”, but the dates of manufacturing have crossed the limit.

HT managed to lay hands on a bottle and can with expired dates. The Danish brands — Carlsberg and Tuborg — being sold in some Gurgaon liquor vends were manufactured in June 2011.

As per the manufacturer, the product should have been consumed by December 2011. Fearing legal action by consumers, some of the liquor vends have stopped selling the beer of this brand. Anil Behal, a senior official with Carlsberg India Private Limited, admitted that the beer being sold at liquor vends were expired, but argued that the beer was not harmful.

“Six months after the manufacture is the ideal time recommended for consumption. But this doesn’t mean that it would become bad after this period. One can enjoy this till one year,” he claimed. According to industry sources, a huge stock of the beer with expired dates has been lying dumped in the godowns of the distributors in Gurgaon as the firm failed to push the sale of the beer.

However, Behal also claimed that it was not his company that was dumping the market with the expired beer.

He added, “Some of the dealers failed to push the sale of our beer and the unsold stock is being sold in the market.”

The officials of the Excise and Taxation Department said they were not aware of the sale of expired beer brands. Officials have the power to confiscate and destroy such stocks, said Anil Kadyan, deputy excise and taxation commissioner .

Dr Sushila Kataria, senior consultant, Department of Internal Medicine, Medanta- The Medicity, said, “Anything which has a shelf life, it is good to eat or drink that within the stipulated time. Otherwise one can face a health hazard.”

Magandeep Singh, noted sommelier, said, “If any beer has a shelf life, it will not expire within overnight. Though beer can lose its sourness and fizz, it would not kill anybody. In worst case, expired beer can upset a person’s stomach.”