Authorities destroy fake goods in Chongqing. (File photo/Xinhua)
Fake products such as soy sauce and shampoo have been found by authorities from the neighboring cities of Foshan and Guangzhou in recent months, reports the Guangzhou Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper of the southern Chinese municipality.
Foshan and Guangzhou authorities have uncovered numerous cases involving fake consumer products since February, many of which were using unsafe ingredients and chemicals. Following consumer complaints to the Trade and Industry Bureau of Foshan's Gaoming district, supervisory inspectors from Guangdong province discovered that a prominent local food seasoning company had been trying to save costs by using industrial salt water to produce soy sauce instead of edible salt.
Raids uncovered more than a thousand boxes of packaged soy sauce with the health-damaging ingredient. Authorities also seized two large cylindrical devices for industrial salt water and located receipts evidencing that the company had acquired than 760 tonnes of industrial salt water. The company reportedly manufactures more than 80,000 boxes of soy sauce every year.
In March, after a tip-off, authorities also uncovered an entire manufacturing chain that was producing fake shampoo packaged to look like famous brands, including those from multinational household consumer product company Proctor & Gamble.
On March 11, supervisory and public security squads conducted an organized raid on 13 of the "dens" across the carefully divided production line — from clandestine labs to bottling and labeling factories — in various cities and districts around the Foshan region.
The squads were able to seize more than 8,200 packaged bottles and more than 260,000 empty bottles with fake labels, as well as raw materials totaling 56 tonnes and a number of printing and packaging equipment. During the raids, authorities confiscated materials and machinery worth an estimated 5 million yuan (US$790,000) and arrested eight people.