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Buckfast warn customers that certain bottles are 'no longer fit for purpose'

Customers are being urged to look out for certain bottles of the popular tonic as they're 'no longer fit for purpose'.

Published: May 18, 2020
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Buckfast, the popular tonic wine that has many fans in Scotland and Ireland, has announced that bottles with codes 17-270 are no longer fit for purpose.

The official statement from Buckfast sales manager Stewart Wilson was posted on social media, and reads: "It has been brought to our attention that Buckfast no longer fit for purpose is being sold by retailers . If the bottle being offered to you has the code 17-270 please do not purchase it ."

These codes can be found on the side of the lid.

Commenting on the announcement, Stewart Wilson said: "Our wine does not carry a best before or use by date, however its best served fresh.

"Our understanding was Buckfast with the code above was being sold from retail outlets. We can confirm that the stock being offered to consumers was bottled by us some years ago. Like any other wine if the product is not stored correctly it will not be at its best.
"We would urge all consumers who have purchased a bottle with this coding to return it to the store they purchased it from for a full refund. This is not a product recall by our company, its simply guidance by us, to ensure consumers are being sold the correct fresh product ."

Buckfast fans have had a stressful lockdown as the company announced production was to stop with immediate effect in March due to the global pandemic.

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This move came about after the UK and Scottish governments announced that the country was effectively in lockdown in a bid to slow the coronavirus spread.

All non-essential businesses were ordered to close and the public urged to stay at home.

Since then the team at Buckfast said that convenience shops in Scotland will have their stocks replenished during the lockdown.

Posting online at the time, Stewart Wilson said: "As we continue to follow Government guidelines, our facilities remain closed.

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“However we want to inform our customers that stock has now been released into the wholesale chain, and as a result local convenience stores should be able to secure limited Buckfast stocks at this time.

“During these difficult unprecedented times it has been well publicised that families and the elderly across all communities are struggling to visit the supermarket or shops. Some have little or no income to purchase essential groceries."

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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