Investigators seize $700K worth of counterfeit makeup in LA's fashion district

Police find animal waste in bootleg makeup

LosAngeles Fake makeup had Hints of animal feces, Pee, police say

KTLA-5 reports LAPD had to conduct a similar investigation in February 2017 after customers complained of bumps and rashes. "The best price is not always the best deal!"

Police Captain Marc Reina said the make-up was "found to contain bacteria and human waste".

The counterfeit products were uncovered in a raid of 21 stores in the city's Fashion District, notes Los Angeles television station KABC.

Of the stuff that was taken, brands like MAC, Urban Decay, and Kylie Jenner's range of cosmetics - Kylie Cosmetics - were all being faked in the shops and sold at massively discounted prices.

Police in Los Angeles have confiscated around £500,000 worth of counterfeit make-up that was found to contain traces of unsafe bacteria, animal faeces, and - most worryingly - human urine and faeces. When customers revealed they bought the products in Santee Alley, the Anti-Piracy Unit swooped in doing undercover buys to test the products. "They came back positive with a high level of bacterias and animal feces", Detective Rick Ishitani said about the tests.

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The packaging for the fake products is nearly identical to the real deal, so it's hard to tell if a product is a risky counterfeit or it is the real deal.

Counterfeit makeup is super unsafe because you don't know what ingredients are in the products and they aren't held to any regulations.

Six owners of raided companies were arrested while the rest received cease-and-desist orders.

The UK beauty industry is worth £4 billion and it is thought that social media has played a big part in the growth.

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