28 March 2022
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning members of the public not to buy or eat counterfeit 'Wonka Bars', which are being sold in shops and online across the country.
The counterfeit bars may be unsafe to eat, as there is a possibility that they are being produced or repackaged by unregistered businesses and by individuals who could be contravening food hygiene, labelling and traceability laws.
Some counterfeit Wonka Bars removed from sale have been found to contain allergens which weren't listed on the label, posing a major health risk to anyone who suffers from a food allergy or intolerance.
The FSA's warning comes after a sharp increase in reports of the counterfeit chocolate bars on sale over the past year.
Any Wonka-branded chocolate which does not feature the official 'Ferrero' or 'Ferrara Candy Company' trademarks on the label is likely to be a counterfeit product and there is no way to know if it is safe to eat.
The FSA is continuing to investigate further reports with support from local authority partners.
Letters have been sent to local authorities responsible for investigating and enforcing food law to advise them to remove any fake products from sale where there is a known or suspected public health risk.
Any members of the public who have bought or spot counterfeit Wonka Bars on shelves or online are advised to raise the issue with the retailer and report the matter to their local authority so that action can be taken.
(Source: Food Standards Agency)