100,000 fake cosmetic goods seized
Field inspection teams from the Ministry of Trade and Industry recently cracked down on immigrant laborers for storing 100,000 fake cosmetics of popular brands inside old homes in the neighborhood of Al-Deira in Riyadh.
The inspectors identified a group of expats working together to store large quantities of fake perfumes and shampoos for the purpose of marketing them to small retail stores as genuine items of well-known brands. The teams seized the items and apprehended the workers.
The seized goods include more than 56,000 fake Johnson products, 9,400 perfumes and 18,000 bottles of brand shampoos.
The immigrants used houses located near the markets of Al-Suwailem Street in Al-Deira district to store the counterfeit cosmetic products which were later sold to small retail shops.
Meanwhile, the ministry has recently announced that it will expand its inspection tours. The clamp down on the old neighborhoods of Riyadh has already yielded large quantities of fake and adulterated goods. In its ongoing inspection campaign, the field teams seized huge quantities of auto parts, computer chargers, and ink for printers among other items.
In a statement today, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said it will continue its visits to the commercial and industrial sectors in all regions of the Kingdom to ensure that there is no manipulation of products or activity that might harm consumers, asserting that all offenders will be strictly penalized
The ministry also called on consumers to report their complaints and observations to the ministry by dialing 1900.