Trading Standards ensure fair measures in St Andrews bars are par for the course

Bottles of alcohol in a bar

Trading Standards Officers from Fife Council recently visited a number of licensed premises in St Andrews to carry out bar inspections prior to The 150th Open Golf Championship in July.  Checks were made for compliance with the requirements of weights and measures and consumer protection legislation.

A total of 22 establishments were visited, and while overall compliance was generally good, a few issues were identified. As a result, officers provided relevant advice or took appropriate action to ensure the premises were brought into full conformity with the law.

Dawn Adamson, Fife Council Trading Standards’ Manager, said: “The Open is one of the biggest events in the world of sport, so with it being in St Andrews this year, the tournament has extra special significance and will be huge for tourism in the area.  With record crowds expected, the towns bars and restaurants will be exceptionally busy. It is therefore important for us to have done our bit towards ensuring the public have an enjoyable experience and can be confident that the bars and restaurants they visit are all supplying correct measures of alcoholic beverages.

It is also important to assure Fife residents that we have a full programme of scheduled weights and measures visits by our Trading Standards Officers ongoing throughout the year, covering all parts of the region. We are aware that checking the accuracy of equipment such as fuel dispensers in petrol stations is more important than ever in terms of public protection, and we are totally committed to doing so.

Anybody who believes they may have received a short measure in a Fife licensed premise should initially contact Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or to report it. Consumer advice will be given if required, and the matter will also be referred to our team to investigate.”