Phnom Penh (AFP) – Cambodian authorities have confiscated 68 tonnes of faux beauty merchandise that presupposed to be made in international locations like Japan and South Korea, an official mentioned, calling it the nation’s largest bust of counterfeit make-up.
The cosmetics included bottles of hair dye, skin-whitening lotions and shampoo value “tens of millions of ”, mentioned Meach Sophana, the pinnacle of presidency’s counterfeit committee.
The items had been produced domestically however labelled as merchandise made in international locations like Japan, South Korea, China, the US, Germany and Thailand, mentioned Meach Sophana.
Some of the cosmetics had faux branding from the posh Japanese skincare agency Shiseido, he added.
”This is a large amount within the historical past of counterfeit crackdowns in our nation,” the official instructed reporters.
He mentioned three folks, together with two Chinese nationals, had been detained within the raids on warehouses within the capital Phnom Penh and Kandal province in March and April following a months-long investigation.
Cambodian authorities would now examine well being hazards linked to the faux merchandise, mentioned Meach Sophana.
”We usually see information on Facebook or in newspapers that some (girls) who used skin-whitening lotion suffered unintended effects and died, or had their pores and skin broken,” he mentioned.
Skin whitening lotions are common in Cambodia, the place many imagine a lighter complexion displays a better standing.
That picture is fuelled by the recognition of light-skinned fashions and actors on billboards and tv.
Cambodia seizes 68 tonnes of faux beauty merchandise by: Pamela Hendrix published: