Belgian customs officials intercepted a shipment of 20 000kg of fake Lipton tea from China last year. A factory in Pakistan has 20 people making at least a ton of counterfeit tea a day. The tea often contains sawdust or dyed wood chips. Colgate-Palmolive this week warned US consumers that fake Colgate toothpaste had been found that might contain a toxic chemical.
Last year EU customs officers seized 253 million fakes, up from 85 million in 2002. Seizures of toiletries rose to 1.6 million items from 112 132 items. Officers caught 1.2 million food and beverage products, up from 841 000.
The Bottom Line.....Be careful what you put in your mouth.