33,000 boxes of Fake Chocolate Give Customs a Stomachache

January 3, 2009 § Leave a comment

Anyone who has tried a milk chocolate Ferrero Rocher will likely want to try another. Around holiday time, the confections are popular additions to any party. But think twice before you see a box of these golden-wrapped goodies for a curiously low price at a discount store.

Experts say counterfeiting of items such as chocolate is on the rise, and there is no greater proof than the seizure of 33,000 boxes of counterfeit Ferrero Rocher’s by French customs officers in late December 2008. The bust was the biggest seizure of counterfeit ordinary food products France has seen, said Jerômé Fournel, head of French customs.

Luxury chocolatiers have good reason to be angry with counterfeiters banking on their good name—last year, shipments of fake chocolates coming from China were found to contain worms and moths. As always, buy wisely and from reputable retailers to avoid the unappetizing consequences of counterfeits.

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