Sale of fake cosmetics picks up

BLOGIMAGE.PMA.AFRICA – The sale of fake cosmetics is reaching its peak in the markets and bazaars with the shopkeepers fast getting involved in this business that is posing grave dangers to the health of the consumers.

“Make-up, perfume, electrical hair styles and sun cream are among the counterfeit goods that can cause allergic reactions, such as skin irritation, swelling, rashes, and burns, as well as be provoking long-term health problems,” said Shugufta Khan, who has filed an application against sale of fake cosmetics in the consumer court.

While replicas of products from popular brands have long been piled high at the markets but there are also cheaper imitations that are flooding the markets, especially near Eidul Fitr.

A health research and advocacy organisation known as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) said 168 different chemicals are in fake cosmetics and one could not guess their side effects on the human health. Munir Ahmad, a shopkeeper at China Market, said when the customers buy fake cosmetics they do have knowledge that these are fake because they know that how can branded items be available at cheaper rates.

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