December 24, 2008

French authorities seize fake chocolates

French authorities said they have seized 10 tons of counterfeit Ferrero Rocher chocolates from a suburban Paris food market.

Customs officials said Tuesday the 33,000 boxes of faux Ferrero Rochers were seized in Rungis, home of the country's most famous food market, near the end of November and are due to be destroyed in Paris, Britain's The Guardian reported Wednesday.

Ferrero is expected to pursue legal action against the importer that brought the counterfeit chocolates into the country, the newspaper said.

The customs office said the fake chocolates are part of a recent pattern noticed among counterfeiters of moving from upscale goods, such as perfume, to more everyday products, including food and soap.