Oxford Street fake Wonka bar haul: Value of counterfeit chocolate treats & which shops were they seized from?

Officers recovered £22,000 worth of counterfeit and potentially dangerous Wonka bars from one store on Oxford Street.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a health warning after more than £22,000 worth of potentially dangerous counterfeit chocolate bars were discovered in Oxford Street on Tuesday.

In total, officers recovered more than £100,000 worth of counterfeit goods from three shops on Oxford Street in London.

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What happened?

Westminster Borough Council confirmed on Wednesday that officers had carried out the raids on three stores on Oxford Street on Tuesday.

The coucil also confirmed the raids were in connection to an investigation into 30 American shops on Oxford Street allegedly involved in a tax scam.

Officers carried out the raids on Monday and recovered more than £22,000 worth of fake Wonka bars.

The officers also discovered counterfit toys, vapes, Apple and Samsung products, chargers, shisha products and watches.

All 2,838 vapes recovered contained excessive levels of nicotine and had not been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

What has Westminster Borough Council said?

Westminster Borough Council leader Adam Hug said: “We need landlords to take responsibility about who they let to.

“The problem is that owners of buildings are turning a blind eye to those who sublet them as it means they are not liable for business rates.

“This needs to stop and we will be stepping up pressure on landlords to make it clear they are responsible for Oxford Street being overrun with these kinds of stores.”

Oxford Street, London. (Photo: Getty)

What has the Food Standard Agency said?

“If you have bought these knock-off bars, do not eat them,” said a spokesperson for FSA.

“There is no way of knowing what ingredients are in these bars or what food hygiene practices are being followed by the people making or repackaging them,” the FSA added.