More counterfeit Fingerlings seized at Port of Felixstowe by Suffolk Trading Standards

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Five hundred more of the popular children’s toy, Fingerlings, have been seized by Suffolk Trading Standards at the Port of Felixstowe.

Fake fingerling in packagingThe consignment, which was destined for a warehouse in Dagenham, was inspected by the department’s Import Surveillance Team, who were quickly able to determine they were counterfeit.

Samples are now being sent off for testing, as there are suspicions the products could be dangerous.

This seizure follows on from raids carried out by Suffolk Trading Standards officers on a retail premise in Ipswich town centre, and a pedlar also working in the town, where officers detained 141 fake Fingerlings.

Following this further discovery, Suffolk Trading Standards is reiterating advice on how to spot genuine Fingerlings:

  • Genuine Fingerlings will clearly have the manufacturers details “WowWee” printed on the packaging: WowWee Canada Inc. 3700 Saint Patrick Street, Suite 206, Montreal, QC, H4E 1A2
  • Genuine Fingerlings are sold in packaging with a moulded plastic top sealed onto a cardboard backing sheet.
  • Genuine Fingerlings have the WowWee logo on both the front and back of the packaging
  • Fake versions will often have different names like ‘Baby Monkey’, ‘Happy Monkey’ or ‘Finger Monkey’

The department has also produced a YouTube video showing the differences between genuine Fingerlings and fakes, and highlighting the dangers: https://youtu.be/lmWEIeNPjsk.

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said: 

“Christmas is a time of joy and giving but after finding these large quantities of counterfeit toys we are warning people to check before they buy.

“Genuine manufacturers ensure toys go through a series of rigorous safety checks before they go on sale, however these unscrupulous traders have no regard to their safety.

“Anyone who has concerns about a product they have seen for sale or have already bought should report it to Trading Standards by contacting the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.”

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