– Operation Swill: New Jersey Bars Caught Serving Fake Alcohol (Liberty, Blitzkrieg, May 24, 2013):
It’s been a little while since my last food fraud post on rat meat being sold as lamb on the streets on Shanghai. It’s been an even longer time since the last post on stealth inflation in alcohol when Maker’s Mark announced it was diluting its product (they ultimately backtracked due to consumer outrage). Well, the following post combines both food fraud and stealth inflation all in one. Apparently, we can’t even drink in peace anymore.
Pro Tip: You may want to avoid TGI Fridays when in New Jersey.
TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — The New Jersey Attorney General and the Director of the division of Alcoholic Beverage Control released details Thursday on the investigation into dozens of establishments in the state accused of selling cheap — or even fake — alcohol to customers from premium bottles.
State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa says samples were taken from numerous establishments after complaints from consumers and other sources. Spirit samples, bought at the bars and restaurants, were ordered “neat” in January and February and then sent for testing. Chiesa says some of the substitutions bordered on dangerous.
“There were a couple of incredibly interesting ones, one was described to me as essentially “river water” — they didn’t even think it was actually tap water. Another one we believe was rubbing alcohol and caramel color to make it look like a whiskey.”
The bars and restaurants named in the investigation are:
Railroad Café, East Rutherford
The Brick House, Wycoff
Sunset Tavern, Burlington
Graziano’s Ristorante, Chesilhurst
Villari’s Lakeside, Gloucester Township
TGI Fridays, West Orange
Italian Affair, Glassboro
Bells Tavern, Lambertville
TGI Fridays, East Windsor
Brunswick Grove, East Brunswick
TGI Fridays, Old Bridge
TGI Fridays, North Brunswick
TGI Fridays, Piscataway
TGI Fridays, Freehold
TGI Fridays, Marlboro
TGI Fridays, Hazlet
TGI Fridays, East Hanover
Sona Thirteen, Morristown
Blackthorn Restaurant, Parsippany
Ruby Tuesday, Bridgewater
TGI Fridays, Linden
Café 34, Matawan
Cucina Calandara, Fairfield
TGI Fridays, Woodridge
TGI Fridays, Springfield
TGI Fridays, Clifton
Chairman Bernanke, please enlighten us. Is this inflation or deflation, and how much money printing will it take to solve the problem?
Full article here.