TWO PUBS in County Wexford were issued with compliance notices by the National Consumer Association (NCA) last year after they were found to be watering down their alcohol.
Belinda O’Brien, trading as Bowe’s Bar of Kiltealy, and the Barrack Street Brewery Ltd of Enniscorthy, were both found to be in contravention of the Consumer Protection Act 2007.
Both bars were found to be selling alcoholic drinks where the advertised volume of alcohol, in percentage terms, was less than that indicated on the bottles they were sold in.
The orders were revealed by the NCA as it published its annual report this morning, which listed the nature of complaints lodged with it over the course of 2009.
In it, it lists 27 traders – mostly supermarkets, though also including pubs – who were found to charge consumers more than their displayed prices.
One supermarket – Supervalu in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny – was issued with three compliance orders after being found engaging in the illegal practice.
The Agency issued a total of 96 enforcement actions, which including 32 compliance notices and 54 on-the-spot fines.
It also received 115 product safety complaints for household appliances, and 69 for toys.
Issuing the report, NCA chairman Stephen Costello said 2009 was “a difficult year both for the business and consumer communities, and the National Consumer Agency stood at the eye of the storm.”