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Huge volumes of fake supplements, beauty products detected in Hanoi

Huge volumes of fake supplements, beauty products detected in Hanoi

Wednesday, December 27, 2023, 16:48 GMT+7
Huge volumes of fake supplements, beauty products detected in Hanoi
A corner of a business facility in Hanoi’s outlying district of Chuong My, where a large number of counterfeit Blackmores supplements, Yujin face masks, and Femfresh intimate skin care products were seized on December 26, 2023. Photo: Supplied

Authorities in Hanoi seized a large number of counterfeit Blackmores supplements, Yujin face masks, and Femfresh intimate skin care products during a raid on a 1,400-square-meter business facility in the outlying district of Chuong My on Tuesday afternoon.

The business facility, formerly a chicken farm, is owned by N.V.T., a 33-year-old individual from Phu Tho Province in northern Vietnam, as reported by the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance.

Officials found out that large quantities of goods in the facility were cosmetics and beauty products like cream, face serums, face masks, and supplements labeled and stamped with foreign brand names.

The seized items comprised 840 bottles of Blackmores Evening Primrose Oil, 1,300 Yujin face masks, and 16,362 bottles of Femfresh intimate skin care, all of which were suspected to be counterfeit products.

A representative from Blackmores, a well-known Australian brand specializing in vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements, expressed concerns that the provided quantity of Blackmores Evening Primrose Oil bottles may be counterfeit products.

At the time of the raid, the business facility was also caught packing possibly fake items into bottles, cartons, and other containers labeled with brand names like Ronas, Ultra-V, Vitamin E, Gamma, and Royal Retinol, with a total weight of 40 metric tons.

These included 6,288 Vitamin E Cream bottles whose labels read ‘Made in Australia,' 828 Gamma Linolenicacid Evening Primrose Oil bottles said to be made in Canada, 450 UltraV Premium Peeling vials, 12,290 Royal Retinol bottles, and over 1,000 J-cain bottles whose labeling reads ‘Made in Korea,' among others.

The forces also detected a large volume of empty plastic bottles, containers, labels, and a dozen metric tons of materials of unknown origin on the ground.

Nguyen Phi Hien, head of the Market Surveillance Unit No. 25 in Hanoi, said this is one of the large-scale confiscations of counterfeit supplements in the area.

The suspects took advantage of remote areas and vast animal farms offered for lease at low prices to convert them into facilities to make bogus items.

It took the competent forces up to 20 hours to transport all of the counterfeit products using 26 trucks.

All the fake items and equipment at the facility measured 50 metric tons in weight.

The forces are processing procedures to transfer the case to the local police unit for further investigation.

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Hong Ngan - Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre News

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