Arsenic and urine found in counterfeit beauty products
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 03:36:03 GMT —
"We'll find them at flea markets we'll also find them in commercial loads being imported into the us through commercial ports of entry."
Mark Dawson, Homeland Security Investigations Deputy Special Agent in Charge, says there's a rise in counterfeit beauty products being sold at flea markets and although they come at a better price than if you buy the real thing from a reputable seller, they can cost the consumer their health.
"Some cosmetics have aluminum or carcinogens such as arsenic in the ingredients themselves."
That's right, he said arsenic, and it's being found in counterfeit cosmetics like blush and eyeshadows that come in the same packaging as the high end makeup sold at stores fooling consumers.
What was found in perfumes being sold at flea markets to unsuspecting buyers looking for a good deal is down right disgusting.
"They found fragrances that have had urine or other things that caused such a bad reaction to the skin that the consumer is never able to wear a fragrance again."
Dawson says 85 percent of the counterfeit merchandise is made in China and shipped through Mexico.
"The people selling these items at the flea markets aren't manufacturing these items.They buy them at a low price then turn around and sell them at a mark up and make a profit."
And fake beauty products aren't the only health hazard out there, consumers are snatching up $200 BEATS headphones for a fraction of the price and could end up not being able to hear music properly again.
"They did not have the circutry in the headphones that regulates the base input and it could actually cause permanent hearing damage."
To spot a fake look for mispellings on labels, logos that don't look right, and if they are priced lower than the real thing, they are probably not the real thing.
According to the Department of Commerce, counterfeiters cost the US economy between $200 and $250 billion annually. Footwear is typically the most counterfeited commodity.
In 2012, nearly 700 individuals were arrested by Homeland Security Investigations for Intellectual Property crimes, the highest in history. 2013 more than likely broke that record.