Consumers' health at risk from fake goods
CONSUMERS who buy counterfeit goods are putting their health at risk, the Revenue Commission warned yesterday, following the discovery of a massive haul of fake Ugg boots and Jimmy Choo shoes in Cork.
The department said counterfeit vodka, medicines, electrical goods, car brake pads and cosmetics all pose serious health risks, particularly in the run-up to Christmas as shoppers seek cut-price gifts.
Counterfeit vodka is a particular concern, it said, as high levels of methanol are frequently detected in seized products.
Almost 900 litres of counterfeit alcohol have been confiscated in 12 separate discoveries since January.
"At best, fake goods do not deliver the expected and promised results of genuine products, while at worst they can seriously injure consumers," said a spokesperson.
The warning follows the seizure earlier this week of an estimated €250,000 worth of counterfeit goods at a business park in Midleton, Co Cork.
Fake Chanel handbags and other clothing were discovered alongside knock-offs of well-know designer shoe brands.
Revenue believes the goods originated in China, were shipped to Europe and housed in warehouses in Paris until they were transported to Ireland.
"In the run-up to Christmas, had the goods not been seized, there would have been a detrimental knock-on effect on the retail sector and legitimate business," said the spokesperson.