Police Raid Store, Seize Fake Beauty Products

Police raided a discount store in Phnom Penh and seized more than 1,000 bottles of beauty products on Monday after receiving a tip that the shop was selling counterfeit goods, an official said.

Police confiscated 872 bottles of shower gel and 280 bottles of whitening cream from the “2500 Riel Mini Mart” in Daun Penh district after cosmetic company Levis complained that fake lotions were being sold in their bottles.

“The economic police department seized Levis-branded body shampoo, which has a picture of a goat on the bottle,” said Long Sreng, chief of the Interior Minis-try’s economic police department.

“Police also seized lotions that make the body white in three days.” It is alleged that the empty bottles were imported from Vietnam and repackaged in Cambodia.

Store owner Ly Song Sinh, 29, said he bought the shampoo from another seller who supplies his mart, and that he was not aware the products were illegitimate.

Mr. Song Sinh was due to appear in court Tuesday evening and could face charges of brand name infringement and unfair competition, Mr. Sreng said.

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