Customs seizes ₱300-M worth of fake goods

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) The Bureau of Customs on Thursday seized over ₱300 million worth of fake products from warehouses in Metro Manila.

Customs officials uncovered hauls of fake cigarettes, seasoning and soap in separate raids in Quezon City and Manila.

The fake items came from China and were supposed to be distributed to several stores in and out of Metro Manila.

They included popular cooking brands like Ajinomoto and Knorr seasoning.

The fake products had similar packaging as actual brands, although a closer look showed they had the same serial numbers.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said authentic products have different numbers because they are produced in batches.

The fake products also carried a different look and texture — however, buyers may not notice this unless they open the packaging.

The owner of the warehouses, Erlinda Chua, will be charged with violations of the Intellectual Property Act and the Customs Modernization and Tariff act.

Following the raid, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña warned buyers to be aware of the products they purchase.

"We would like to serve notice na there is such thing as fake na Knorr, fake na Ajinomoto [there is such a thing as fake Knorr, fake Ajinomoto]," he said.

He urged consumers to inspect items they will buy to make sure they are not fake.

"Let us be very careful in pagbili ng items natin, especially itong mga items na ito na ginagamit sa pagluluto," he added.

[Translation: Let's be very careful when buying items, especially products we use for cooking.]