Counterfeit beauty products: Dangerous items containing rat droppings, urine, and arsenic

Police warned people about fake beauty products after substances such as rat droppings, human urine and arsenic were found in seized goods.

A disgusting sort of substances are found in fake beauty products such as rats’ droppings, human urine and arsenic which put consumers at risk.

Cosmetics, perfume, electrical hair stylers and sun cream are among the counterfeit goods being stressed by the City of London Police.

In the UK it is projected that at least £90 million is used up every year on fake goods. Then, the production and sale of fake goods are increasing due to the rise of online shopping.

Counterfeit beauty products in particular are becoming increasingly common and easily available on the various internet sites including social media.

Police said laboratory tests have revealed fake perfume often contains toxic chemicals, including cyanide and even human urine.

The campaign also warns about fake electrical beauty goods that could cause electrocution.


Counterfeit make-up is often produced in unhygienic factories and can contain rat droppings

The laboratory test results for phony cosmetics such as eyeliner, mascara, lip color and foundation have been ground to contain hazardous levels of chemicals and unsafe substances such as arsenic, mercury and lead.


City of London Police has seized £3.5m worth of imitation merchandise.

All of these can cause allergic reactions, such as skin irritation, swelling, rashes and burns as well as leaving the person with long term health problems.

A City of London spokesman said counterfeit make-up is often produced in unhygienic factories and there have been cases where rats’ droppings and poison have also been found in them.

Det Supt Maria Woodall, who supervises the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit at City of London Police, stated it had set aside more than 5,500 sites selling fake luxury branded goods as well as seizing more than £3.5m worth of imitation merchandise.

She also added that customers’ payment and personal details had been stolen to make other purchases.

“Beauty products are meant to enhance your features. Nevertheless, the fakes can in fact do quite the opposite,” she remarked.

“Our general rule is – if it seems too good to be true then it probably is.”




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