One of the strangest stories we have heard recently involved bottles of fake ‘holy water’ being sold in shops in the North West, along with others in Bradford and Leicester. The water, which retails at between £22 and £28 each, were also sold through social media sites.
The fake holy water, called ‘Zamzam’, was shipped over to the UK during the muslim festival of Ramadan. The water hails from a well which is located within the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest site in Islam.
The fake water came to light after Trading Standards in London raided premises in Ealing, seizing 282 five-litre bottles of ‘Zamzam’ water before the start of Ramadan. The batch was discovered by officers and was suspected to have arrived in containers from Turkey.
The water came packed as it would from Saudi Arabia and appeared to include all the correct labelling. However, a number of discrepancies between the bottles have been highlighted showing them to be fakes.
Mohammed Tariq, Ealing Council’s senior trading standards officer who made the discovery, said at the time: “We don’t know how these bottles entered the UK, and we obviously don’t know if they contain toxins but consumers should be aware of the risks of purchasing a product that hasn’t been tested before being put on sale.
Final thought: Ever wondered about those people who spend £2 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backward.
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