Human Waste Found in Counterfeit Makeup

“The best price is not always the best deal!”

This is the statement made by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Captain Marc Reina after LAPD task force seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics in the city's Fashion District last April 13, 2018.

The LAPD was tipped by brand-name companies, which received complaints from consumers who bought the product in the Los Angeles fashion district. An undercover operation was then conducted and the LAPD purchased several of the suspected fakes. Indeed, test results showed that the products were phony and were "found to contain bacteria and human waste”. The brands included in the bust are MAC, Urban Decay, Kylie Cosmetics, NARS, Anastasia, among others.

The packaging of the counterfeit products looks like the original ones, but the prices are very low. Bargaining might be a good option but the consequences are terrifying because it poses serious health concerns.

Firstly, the possible result of scrubbing and applying human waste all over your face is unimaginable. Lastly, according to Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist in New York City and a contributing founder and chief science officer of the First Aid Beauty skin care line, “Counterfeit makeup often contains known carcinogens arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium. It also has an alarming number of potentially infection-causing bacteria that can lead to scarring, burning, and disfigurement.”

Counterfeiting, indeed, is becoming a huge problem in the international trade and posing negative consequences for consumers, manufacturers, and brand owners alike. Brand-name companies should be given access to platforms that could help them protect their rights against IP infringements and counterfeit. Platforms, such that of, could empower both the IP Right owners and the consumers to protect themselves from counterfeited goods in the market in the most practical, efficient and effective way.