A McLaren Vale winemaker has given a court enforceable undertaking to cease selling his products, after he was found to be selling products on social media without having a licence.
Philip Rogers, the former director of the now deregistered, Caught Redhanded Productions Pty Ltd, has not held a valid Producers Licence since August 2013, but had been selling products through a company page on Facebook when he was not permitted to do so.
Acting Commissioner for Liquor and Gambling George Kamencak said Mr Rogers has been cautioned, and was in the process of applying for a new licence.
“South Australia’s premium wine is world-renowned, and an effective licensing regime helps to protect that strong reputation,” Mr Kamencak said.
“Our licensing regime also offers a level of assurance to consumers, who can buy these products with confidence.”
Mr Kamencak said that, following an investigation by Consumer and Business Services, Mr Rogers has given a formal written undertaking to CBS in relation to the alleged breaches of the Act.
He said Mr Rogers has agreed to withdraw his products from sale, halt any advertising of the products and ensure his wines will not be made available for sale again until such time as he has the appropriate licence.
Written assurances and undertakings are formal undertakings that may be used in certain circumstances, in place of enforcement actions such as prosecution or disciplinary action.
If an individual or a business fails to comply with the conditions of the Undertaking, they may be prosecuted.
Consumers with concerns about a business or an individual can contact CBS on 131 882 or by visiting www.cbs.sa.gov.au