The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has issued a warning for people not to buy or eat Wonka branded chocolate bars, due to increased reports of counterfeits entering the market which may be unsafe to eat.

The authority has said the counterfeits bearing the Wonka brand name may not have been produced in line with food safety requirements and so may be unsafe to consume.

It has also said that they may not be produced in line with the relative legal requirements around food hygiene and traceability to protect public health.

Issues identified with the counterfeit products so far include a failure to produce an accurate list of ingredients, such as undeclared ingredients or allergens.

False business names and addresses, the rewrapping of various shop-bought bars as Wonka bars, and the selling of the product by unregistered businesses were also among issues identified by the authority.

FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne urged people to be aware of the risks posed by the products.

"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," she said.

She added: "Consumers have a right to safe food and counterfeit foodstuffs will be pursued using the legal powers available to us".