A counterfeit version of Nestlé branded coffee has been found on sale in Germany and may contain foreign objects.

Nestlé Deutschland reported the product was packaged in a glass jar that looked like an old version of Nescafé Gold. There are also concerns it may contain broken glass and plastic.

An example of what Nescafe Gold should look like.

The food firm said it had not manufactured or distributed the implicated product and had not used this shape of glass for Nescafé Gold for years and it is not commercially available.

The counterfeit product is known to have been sold at weekly markets and smaller shops but other details about the incident remain unclear. It has an EAN code of 405500210900, batch number 60820814B1 9:15 and best before date of 10-21.

People who have purchased a counterfeit pack are advised to inform the police and stop consuming the coffee.

Nestlé has contacted the relevant authorities and urged them to investigate and stop the fraud.

“We are shocked by this criminal activity and deeply condemn the fact that our brand has been illegally counterfeited and marketed. The quality and safety of our products is our top priority,” said a company statement.

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