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1,100 bottles of counterfeit make-up remover seized, 16 arrested

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Source: The Standard

Images: The Sun

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Sixteen men and women were arrested as customs officers seized about 1,100 bottles of suspected fake makeup removal solutions worth HK$120,000. The arrests came after officers completed three weeks of strike-and-search operations in various districts, including Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Twelve retail outlets were raided.

 

The seized products, branded as Bioderma, appear almost identical with their genuine counterparts. They were packaged in transparent bottles with pink translucent caps.

Product stickers branded Bioderma, accompanied by detailed product information, were plastered on the outside, and each bottle was priced similarly to a genuine product. Testing done suggests no harmful heavy metals such as lead, zinc or mercury were found. But the effectiveness of the products in removing makeup is questionable. Seven men and nine women, aged 24 to 58, were arrested, including company directors, storekeepers and salesmen. All were released on bail, pending further investigation. It is believed the seized products may have come from the mainland or Europe.

 

Louise Ho Pui-shan, head of the Customs' Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau, warned consumers that counterfeit makeup removal solutions may still be on sale. "To identify the genuine products from the counterfeit ones, consumers should pay attention to two distinctive features as shown at the bottom of the bottles," Ho said. Genuine products are engraved with a double "P" on the upper half at the bottom of the bottle, she explained. There should also be figure "01" inside the triangle recycle mark engraved on the lower half, also at the bottom of the bottle. "If only the figure `1' or no figure appears inside the triangle, then the product will be questionable," she said. Customs noted the seized products were either found with no double "P" and simply a figure "1" within the triangle, or a double "P" but without the "0" in the triangle. "If neither of the two features or only one of the two features appears on the bottom of the bottle, then the product should be fake." Ho added the Customs and Excise Department will continue to take stringent enforcement actions to combat counterfeiting activities.

 

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I hope they didn't make these products in the same toilet where they made the fake alcohol as referred to in another HKLN topic.

 

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At least this stuff didn't contain any harmful chemicals!

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I've heard that Bioderma is counterfeited often...

Looking at the first picture, it's so hard to see the differences between the real and fake one.

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all big brands and luxuries are at risk of being counterfeited

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They counter these bunch of offenders and the amount of stock they had with them. I wonder how big their operation is that are remain to be discovered ?

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It seems like products need security features like bank notes now a days. This example shows there isn't much of a difference.

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It is good that those people arrested for counterfeit. it is hard to differentiate between the fake product and real product.

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