Officials investigating $700,000 of counterfeit cosmetics seized from 21 stalls at a Los Angeles shopping market last week reportedly found high levels of bacteria and traces of animal feces and urine in the makeup.
Captain Marc Reina, Commanding Officer of LAPD's Central Division, tweeted details and photos from the raid, adding, "The best price is not always the best deal!"
"If you're getting something that's 50 percent off, 75 percent off, it tells you that it's bad", Ishitani told CNN. The investigation was initiated after customers called the actual cosmetic companies with complaints about rashes and bumps caused by the products. When customers revealed they bought the products in Santee Alley, the Anti-Piracy Unit swooped in doing undercover buys to test the products.
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The cosmetics included brands such as Kylie, MAC and Anastasia - the reality television celebrity Kylie Jenner's cosmetics line.
The LAPD detective also said that companies must meet health and safety standards, which are often expensive. As for the bogus products, they are made where contaminants are rampant.
"SO GROSS! Never buy counterfeit products!"
The six individuals arrested in rsquo & Thursday;s raid is going to be billed with trademark violations of major brands, " based to KTLA.