The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued a warning for consumers not to buy or eat Wonka-branded chocolate bars due to an increase in reports that counterfeit chocolate bars bearing this brand name are for sale on the market in Ireland.
The counterfeit chocolate bars may be unsafe to eat, as there is a possibility that they may not have been produced in line with food safety, hygiene and/or food traceability legal requirements, to protect public health.
According to the FSAI, some examples of the issues identified to date with these counterfeit Wonka-branded chocolate bars include: failure to provide an accurate ingredients list, e.g. undeclared ingredients and allergens on the label; a false business name and address on the label; the rewrapping of various shop-bought or home-made chocolate bars in Wonka wrappers; and unregistered food businesses selling products online.
Commenting, Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the FSAI, urged consumers to be aware of the possible risks posed by these counterfeit chocolate bars.
“The FSAI is working closely with the food inspectors in the Environmental Health Service of the HSE to ensure any counterfeit Wonka-branded chocolate bars, where there is a known or suspected consumer health risk, are removed from sale,” Byrne said.
“Consumers have a right to safe food, and counterfeit foodstuffs will be pursued using the legal powers available to us.”