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Police Seizes Ushs 4m Fake Cosmetics :: Uganda Radionetwork

Police Seizes Ushs 4m Fake Cosmetics

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Police in Lira have seized fake cosmetics worth four million shillings.

Acting on a tip off from a concerned consumer, police raided Iganga lodge, along the Juba road in Lira town and seized more than 26 cartons of fake petroleum jelly from room three.

Monica Akello, a resident of Anekapirri market in Alito Sub county,  Kole district, was found in the room. On interrogation she said that the products belonged to her boyfriend identified only as Katerega.

Akello told police that Katerega had gone to distribute the products in Dokolo town. She also disclosed that Katerega has since 2009 been dealing in fake cosmetics. The girl is being detained at Ojwina police post in Lira town, pending the arrest of her boyfriend.

Henry Alyanga, the Central North police spokesman, says the Sunday raid came amid a growing concern from the public about the increasing flow of fake cosmetics in Lira town.

Police have launched an investigation into the company behind the circulation of the fake petroleum jelly.

The increases in fake cosmetics and personal care products were described as "worrying" by the Burea of standards because the cosmetics are potentially dangerous to consumers.

Denis Okello, a boda cyclist who bought a tin of fake petroleum jelly, says he developed rashes and also noticed a sudden surge of pimples on his face.

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