MAY 2017

  • By Gavin Evans, May 31, 2017, Complex
Earlier this May, a factory in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan was raided after they were found to be making and shipping out cans of counterfeit Budweiser. Since then, clips of just what exactly the hell they were doing in this filthy factory have gone viral, and it will truly make your stomach churn (that is, if you’ve recently had a counterfeit Bud in China. The rest of you can remain undisturbed). READ MORE>>>
  • By Gulf News, May 30, 2017, ZAWYA
The menace of counterfeit products continues to prey on consumer confidence and the brand value of Dubai. Taking advantage of superior value of original labels and products, imitation goods such as luxury clothing, accessories, phones, cosmetics and vehicle parts are among the counterfeit items sold in the open market. A crackdown by Dubai Police has resulted in the seizure of counterfeit versions of branded products including women’s bags, belts and expensive watches worth Dh114.5 million in the first quarter of 2017. Authorities have handled as many as 71 cases this year relating to fake goods, and arrested 77 people suspected of peddling a range of fake labels — from cheap construction tools to fake currency notes. Over the years, Dubai has been at the forefront of the fight against counterfeit products. Several campaigns highlighting the dangers of buying fake electronic accessories, cosmetics, vehicle parts among other items have been undertaken from time to time. READ MORE>>>
From the moment an average Kenyan gets out of bed to the time they hit the pillow in the evening, chances are high that they will have interacted with numerous counterfeit products. READ MORE>>>
  • By Staff Writer, May 30, 2017, Vietnam

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodian police have confiscated over 30 tonnes of counterfeit cosmetic products in a raid in Phnom Penh last week, the Counter Counterfeit Committee said on May 30. READ MORE>>>

Not long ago a factory which was manufacturing washing powder was shut down in Mayfair, while another producing fake mineral water in Crown Mines also suffered the same faith. READ MORE>>>

  • By Ali Al Shouk Staff , May 29, 2017, Zawya

Counterfeit versions of branded products including women’s bags, belts and expensive watches worth Dh114.5 million ($31.16 million) were seized by Dubai Police in the first quarter of 2017. READ MORE>>>

Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co. W.L.L., (AAB) the sole distributor for Toyota & Lexus vehicles in Qatar, conducted anti-counterfeit spare parts awareness programme with the slogan ‘Toyota Says No to Counterfeit’. The campaign was held at its main workshop training centre at Street 6 in the Industrial Area. READ MORE>>>

Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co. W.L.L., (AAB) the sole distributor for Toyota & Lexus vehicles in Qatar, conducted anti-counterfeit spare parts awareness programme with the slogan ‘Toyota Says No to Counterfeit’. The campaign was held at its main workshop training centre at Street 6 in the Industrial Area. READ MORE>>>

In one of the larger recent counterfeit seizures at Dulles Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 60,000 fake Samsung earbuds that, if genuine, held a retail value of about $360,000. READ MORE>>>

Dubai: Counterfeit versions of branded products including women’s bags, belts and expensive watches worth Dh114.5 million were seized by Dubai Police in the first quarter of 2017. READ MORE>>>

HP has announced multiple seizures of counterfeit printing supplies destined for HP printers in Saudi Arabia. READ MORE>>>

  • By Staff Writer, May 28, 2017, Herald Dispatch

Courtesy of Ohio Public Safety. In January, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit seized counterfeit NBA, NFL, The North Face and Michael Kors items worth $3,000 during a search warrant at a Cincinnati convenience store. The store owners made a deal and have agreed to cease business operations. These cases are not uncommon. OIU agents recently found more than $1,000 in counterfeit The North Face items in a drive through in Columbus. Last year, the same owner was charged by Columbus Police for selling counterfeit items. YOU know fake food is lucrative when the mobsters ditch drugs and weapons to traffic it. Consider this: PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates food fraud is worth $52 billion globally each year. The illegal trade in firearms is worth an estimated $8.5 billion a year and heroin $30 billion. No wonder food fraud is now among the high rollers of crime. READ MORE>>>

YOU know fake food is lucrative when the mobsters ditch drugs and weapons to traffic it. Consider this: PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates food fraud is worth $52 billion globally each year. The illegal trade in firearms is worth an estimated $8.5 billion a year and heroin $30 billion. No wonder food fraud is now among the high rollers of crime. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeit building materials continue to represent a threat to the construction industry. A recent survey commissioned by the Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting (SAAC) notes that 53% of respondents in the GCC have personally encountered fake steel products. READ MORE>>>

An alert from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations is warning people about harmful street drugs. The GBI said since January 2015, its crime lab has gotten 454 counterfeit pills. READ MORE>>>

Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Director-General, Mr. Osita Aboloma has lamented the large presence of fake, counterfeit and sub-standard goods in the country. He put the figure at about 50 percent. READ MORE>>>

Almost two-thirds of counterfeit contact lenses tested positive for microbial contamination in a US study, raising the risk of serious eye damage among users. READ MORE>>>

Anhui police have recently busted China’s biggest-ever case of counterfeit sneakers, seizing more than half a million pairs of sham shoes that were intended to be exported to the Middle East and Africa. The total value of the goods involved surpassed 600 million yuan ($87.3 million). READ MORE>>>

Bacterial endophthalmitis sets in quickly, causing pain, redness, and vision loss. This inflammation inside the eye “often culminates with surgical removal of the eyeball or the contents of the eye.” The bacterium Bacillus cereus is one of the common causes of bacterial endophthalmitis, and it is just one of several nasty microbes recently detected on counterfeit contact lenses. READ MORE>>>

BOSTON – Counterfeit makeup being sold online may look like the real thing, but much of it is fake and could be harmful to your health. READ MORE>>>

At least 20 tons of allegedly counterfeit cosmetic products were confiscated on Monday after an undercover government officer infiltrated an illegal Phnom Penh business for more than a month, an official said. READ MORE>>>

Gilead warned that those (generic versions) medicines have not been approved for use in the countries into which they are imported. READ MORE>>>

Members of the public are being urged to be vigilant against buying counterfeit goods when out shopping for summer items. READ MORE>>>

DUBAI – More than half the industry (53 percent) has reported an incidence of, what is believed to be, counterfeit steel products at some point in day-to-day operations, a study commissioned by the Steel Alliance against Counterfeiting (SAAC) revealed. READ MORE>>>

PHUKET: Officials have continued a series of raids on stores selling counterfeit goods, this time at Central Festival, where they seized 524 illegal items with an estimated street value of more than B2 million. READ MORE>>>

ThPolice have seized more than 250,000 counterfeit cigarettes after stopping a van on the M6 in North Staffordshire. READ MORE>>>
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has conducted a surprise inspection of commercial outlets at the Industrial Area and the Old Airport commercial street to ensure their compliance with the stipulations of Law No 8 of 2008 on Consumer Protection. 
More than 53 per cent of the steel industry has reported an incidence of, what is believed to be, counterfeit steel products at some point in day-to-day operations, according to a study commissioned by the Steel Alliance against Counterfeiting (SAAC). READ MORE>>>
A local pharmaceutical company is asking the general public to be aware of counterfeit products being sold by certain shops around the country. READ MORE>>>
More than 60,000 foreign label cigarettes were seized by Trading Standards in Harlow town centre last week. READ MORE>>>

Punjab: Toxic liquor claimed 57 lives in past two years

LAHORE (Dunya News)- Counterfeit and toxic alcohol has claimed at least 57 lives, including three of women, across Punjab in the past two years whereas thousands are living with disabilities such as expired kidneys and blindness. READ MORE>>>

Two suspects held for allegedly selling fake pig vaccines

  • By Yang Shu-min, Milly Lin and Elaine Hou, May 16, 2017, Focus Taiwan
Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Two suspects have been arrested on suspicion of supplying pig farmers with fake vaccines that ultimately caused losses because the animals were not protected against virus infections, according to Yunlin prosecutors. READ MORE>>>

La Porte traffic stop leads to counterfeit card bust

  • By Jess Arnold, May 16, 2017, ABC 57
LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. –A man is behind bars after a regular traffic stop Saturday turned into the biggest case of counterfeit credit cards the sheriff has ever seen. He says traffic stops turned criminal arrests are becoming more common. READ MORE>>>

‘Nation-wide menace’ of counterfeiting crippling India

The Indian government is losing around $6bn a year in revenue from the illicit counterfeit market in the country, according to the Indian industry trade body. READ MORE>>>

Pharma serialization snapshot: Saudi Arabia

About the market: Saudi Arabia’s pharmaceutical market is one of the largest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and is set for dramatic growth thanks to a massive investment programme by the government which will spend $18.5bn over the next 10 years to boost domestic manufacturing infrastructure. The market was worth around $7.5bn in 2015 – so still relatively small on the global stage – but BMI Research predicts it will reach $9.3bn by 2021 thanks to rising wealth levels among the 32 million-strong population and increasing rates of chronic diseases. The growth of the market will however be affected by oil prices, the primary source of healthcare funding. READ MORE>>>

FICCI urges government to put curbs on counterfeit goods

New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Monday urged the government to take swift action to clamp down on the rising illicit trade in smuggled and counterfeit goods in India. READ MORE>>>

Customers Urged Not to Purchase Fake Deodorant

Niugini Wholesale Drug Ltd has urged its customers to be aware of A Touch of Magic deodorant Chinese counterfeit spray sold in Asian shops around the country. READ MORE>>>

Fake clothes to be flushed out

THE government plans to carry out an inspection in clothing and textile manufacturing areas in order to curb the importation of counterfeit and substandard clothes in the country. READ MORE>>>

New machines boost war on counterfeit drugs

The war against counterfeit and substandard medical drugs in the country has received a big boost after the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) acquired new machines for testing of medicines in the field. READ MORE>>>

Kano doles out N60m to tackle anti-drugs war

Kano State government has approved over N60m, as operational funds and allowances for the state’s task force on fake, counterfeit, adulterated, illicit drugs and unwholesome processed foods, for three months. READ MORE>>>

Ceredigion woman admits selling fake designer goods

A CEREDIGION woman who admitted selling counterfeit goods has been handed a community order. READ MORE>>>

Over ONE MILLION illegal cigarettes found in Coventry by Trading Standards

More than ONE MILLION illegal cigarettes were seized in Coventry by Trading Standards during a single year. READ MORE>>>

Govt probes counterfeit pesticides used against armyworms

In March, two pesticide brands, Striker and Rocket, were recommended to farmers for spraying to kill the fall armyworm, a species that was ravaging maize fields across the country for the first time.READ MORE>>>

FBR urged to introduce third tier with lower tax

islamabad – Tobacco industry has created the smoke screen in presenting statistics of counterfeit tobacco consumptions to get relaxation in next budget while international companies pocketed Rs 30 billion last year, health rights activists said the other day. READ MORE>>>

Faking it: How to tackle the industry’s fake goods

  • By Jade Burke, May 11, 2017, ToyNews
Despite efforts to clamp down on the prolific development of fake toys, the indie retail scene is still suffering at the hands of these imposters. Here, Jade Burke looks into what more could be down to cut the counterfeits. READ MORE>>>

Business Woman Docked over Production of Counterfeit Goods

A Lagos-based businesswoman, Nkiru Kalu who was recently arrested by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) over alleged production of counterfeit product has been arraigned before the Federal High Court, Lagos. READ MORE>>>

Fake clothes seized in Torfaen donated to Ghana village

  • By Staff Writer, May 10, 2017, BBC News

About 300 items of fake clothing seized by trading standards officers in Torfaen will be donated to villages in Africa. They include counterfeit Timberland boots, Nike trainers, Adidas hoodies and Ralph Lauren jackets.READ MORE>>>

Cambodian government seizes US$100 million worth of counterfeit cosmetics, including Shiseido fakes

Balraj Singh Dhaliwal, who runs VG Stores in Willowbrook Road, was investigated after a customer complained about a bottle of Chekov vodka bought in April 2016. READ MORE>>>

 Corby shopkeeper fined for selling illegal vodka

Balraj Singh Dhaliwal, who runs VG Stores in Willowbrook Road, was investigated after a customer complained about a bottle of Chekov vodka bought in April 2016.READ MORE>>>

IP concerns top luxury law agenda

Luxury companies are seeing a rise in IP litigation but some complain of public apathy to the concept of IP rights, according to research for next week’s Luxury Law Summit. READ MORE>>>

$250M of Fake, Substandard Foods Seized in Global Operation

In a joint operation between INTERPOL and Europol, €230 million of counterfeit and substandard food and beverages were seized. The operation, which was carried out across 61 countries, unveiled a wide range of food fraud across products ranging from olive oil to luxury goods and alcoholic drinks. READ MORE>>>

Cambodian raids net 70 tons of fake cosmetics, ingredients

Cambodian authorities have confiscated nearly 70 tons of counterfeit cosmetics and raw materials for making them, a major haul that included imitations of South Korean, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and U.S. brands, an official said Monday. READ MORE>>>

Cambodian raids net 70 tons of fake cosmetics, ingredients

Cambodian authorities have confiscated nearly 70 tons of counterfeit cosmetics and raw materials for making them, a major haul that included imitations of South Korean, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and U.S. brands, an official said Monday. READ MORE>>>

Out of date, contaminated and counterfeit salon brands could end up on store shelves

TAMPA, Fla. – It may seem more convenient to grab your salon brand shampoo when you are out at your favorite grocery or drug store. You may even be able to get a great deal on some online.READ MORE>>>

Mexican Nationals Indicted for Counterfeit Airbag Business

Federal prosecutors charged Dina Gonzalez-Marquez, 23-years-old, and Emilio Gonzalez-Marquez, 21-years-old, both Mexico nationals, with trafficking counterfeit vehicle airbags out of their Albuquerque, New Mexico, home, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) news release. READ MORE>>>

NAFDAC destroys N105m fake products

Fake products from Benue and Nasarawa States worth over N105 million were yesterday, destroyed by the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC). READ MORE>>>

Why American Companies Can’t Trust Alibaba

  • By  John Doggett, May 6, 2017, Fortune
When Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, met with President Donald Trump in January, he made a promise: The online sales platform would give one million U.S. small businesses entrée to the Chinese market. Ma also said that this effort would create one million new U.S. jobs. He is even planning a conference in June to teach U.S. businesses how to sell to the company’s 443 million customers in China. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeit, smuggled cigarettes thriving in India

The illicit market in smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes is thriving in India, so much so that industry reports have claimed that the consumption of such cigarettes increased by 90% last year. Several studies conducted by the industry and frequent seizures at sea ports and airports have revealed that 17 billion cigarette sticks are smuggled into India each year. These much cheaper, smuggled and contraband cigarettes, which according to a FICCI study have doubled in the past one decade, cost a huge revenue loss to the national exchequer every year (over Rs 9,000 crore in 2015), apart from undermining the government’s campaign against smoking by making cigarettes increasingly expensive. READ MORE>>>

Police warning on doorstep chainsaw sales

Suffolk Police have issued a warning about suspicious traders selling chainsaws and generators door to door. Reports have been received in Stowmarket, Ipswich and Beccles. A police spokesperson said: “Anyone who is offered goods for sale out the back of a van, by a person who approaches them in the street, or uninvited at the doorstep, should be highly suspicious. Goods sold in this way may be stolen, counterfeit, unsafe or overpriced.” READ MORE>>>

HMCL seizes 2,75,000 fake materials

In a move to curb the menace of spurious parts, Hero MotoCorp Limited, India’s global manufacturer of two-wheeler, has raids at 22 establishments to seize over 2,75,000 spurious spare parts and counterfeit label. READ MORE>>>

R1 million counterfeit sneakers ceased in Joburg CBD bust

  • By Tshepiso Mametela, May 5, 2017, CityBuzz

JOBURG – Counterfeit sneakers worth a street value of approximately R1 million rand ceased in Joburg CBD by Metro Police on 4 May. READ MORE>>>

Ivory Coast breaks up huge fake drugs market

Ivory Coast authorities deployed dozens of police Wednesday to break up a fake drugs market in Abidjan estimated to supply nearly a third of all treatments sold in the country. READ MORE>>>

Siblings charged with running counterfeit airbag business

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For the last two years, the feds say a brother and sister duo have been running a counterfeit airbag business from their Albuquerque home. READ MORE>>>

Online system launched to control cardiac stent market in Pakistan

Pakistan has launched an online system with a new registration process of cardiac stents to regulate the counterfeit medicine market, a news report has revealed. READ MORE>>>

Bitzer warns of fake compressor oils

GERMANY: Compressor manufacturer Bitzer has warned of counterfeit refrigeration oils which can lead to compressor breakdowns. READ MORE>>>

FCAI: 100,000 counterfeit car parts found in UAE

Chamber of Automotive Industries’ “Genuine is Best” campaign announced late last month that 100,000 allegedly counterfeit vehicle parts had been seized in the United Arab Emirates. READ MORE>>>

Kebs issues fake food, building materials alert

When shopping for food products and construction materials, be on the lookout as there are many counterfeits in the market, a watchdog has warned. READ MORE>>>

The Time Counterfeit Shaving Brushes Gave People Face Anthrax

Lots of guys appreciate the feel of an old-timey shaving brush when they go in for a barbershop shave. A hundred years ago, though, men were decidedly unhappy when they realized these grooming tools were giving them outbreaks of deadly head and face anthrax that caused swelling, bumps, and blisters. READ MORE>>>

Ocean City Brewing co-founder sentenced to 5 years in prison for wire fraud

Ocean City Brewing Co. co-founder Joshua Shores has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a $2.5 million wire fraud charge resulting from selling counterfeit sports memorabilia. READ MORE>>>

New Method to Identify Counterfeit Ivory Products

Fetching close to $1,500 per pound, ivory ranks fourth in black market items just behind narcotics, weapons and humans. READ MORE>>>