SARNIA, ON, Oct. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Sarnia RCMP has seized over 1100 suspected counterfeit MAC products from a local area Salon and Spa. The items include lipstick, eyeliner, blush and other MAC make-up counterfeits that could cause harm to the public.
The allure of discounted make-up could pose a danger to the unsuspecting purchaser. Genuine cosmetic products are rigorously tested and must comply with Canadian law in order to be sold to the public. Counterfeit make-up, however, is unregulated and may contain unknown chemicals. Instances of allergic reactions and burns have been known to occur.
The RCMP wants to encourage the public to only purchase cosmetics from reputable retailers. Counterfeit make-up can usually be spotted with a few simple checks prior to purchasing any item.
- Price. Much lower than average. Too good to be true
- Packaging. Poor quality graphics, spelling mistakes, appearance.
- Products normally sold as a package are being sold individually.
- Missing labels, name brand or certification.
While enforcement is necessary, making an impact on this crime also requires public awareness and enhanced agency partnerships. The RCMP works closely with its partners, including Health Canada, CBSA and private industry to educate consumers, retailers, law enforcement, and government agencies on the serious health and safety consequences of modern day counterfeit products.
Anyone with information regarding the sale or production of counterfeit merchandise is asked to contact the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or locally at Sarnia RCMP Detachment (519) 337-7543. Persons who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Sgt. Deb Murtha
RCMP - Sarnia Detachment