India a concern as more fake cosmetics are seized

By Michelle Yeomans contact

- Last updated on GMT

India a concern as more fake cosmetics are seized
The Indian markets have become a concern of late as Authorities announce they have seized more fake cosmetics within just weeks of them uncovering a vast amount in raids at two cosmetics godowns in Nageshwar Colony.

This time the discovery was made in the state capital of Biha where Patna police found manufacturing units of counterfeit products while also reporting that the 'business' has been running across the state with ease.

According to a special task force official; "Whenever we conduct raids in these areas, huge amount of medicines are seized and sent to the laboratories to check their authenticity. But due to some unknown reasons, no major crackdown has ever taken place. The dealers store the medicines at their residences which have secretly turned into godown​s."

The city has become a hotspot for fake cosmetics

Raids are frequently conducted at Govind Mitra Road and Makhania Kuan lane where a large number of fake cosmetics are stored as sources say that the congested lanes and old buildings in the area are helping the dealers in that the police cannot randomly raid a residence without a specific tip-off.

Although traders aren't displaying duplicates of leading brands in their shops, every month sources say at least four to five buses and trucks are carrying duplicate cosmetics to reach other districts in Bihar as "the main targets are rural folks who are unaware of certain facts about the standard of products."

Not again..

This news comes just weeks after Authorities raided and seized fake products in three cosmetics outlets in Patna city, most of the seized products then and now are said to have been made in Delhi or Ludhiana but carry the labels of a number of foreign brands.

"We sent the samples of various products to laboratories to check their genuineness. Only after getting reports from the laboratories that the products were fake, we helped the police seal the godowns and stores dealing in them​," says Murtaja Hussain, an official of the HUL's legal department.

Although the authorities were successful in uncovering these retail outlets, they have yet to determine where the products are coming from, if they are being made in domestic factories or are being smuggled in from elsewhere.

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