Seen and heard: counterfeiting news in brief

Another baby milk scandal, counterfeit FIFA merchandise, fakes on Facebook and knock-off products in the UK.

Hazardous baby formula seized in Malaysia

210 boxes of counterfeit Enfalac powdered milk have been seized by the authorities in Malaysia amid reports that one child suffered food poisoning after consuming the knock-off product. The fakes of Mead Johnson’s big-selling brand were discovered at supermarkets in Johor State after a tip-off from the manufacturer, according to a Southeast Asia Globe report, which says some retailers had mixed the counterfeit with legitimate product and were charging full price for the boxes.

French supermarket chain sold fake FIFA merchandise

The Russian subsidiary of French supermarket chain Auchan has launched an internal investigation after suspected counterfeit of FIFA world cup merchandise were found in its stores, reports Reuters. The retailer said it had removed the suspect products and was looking into how they got onto shelves, including questioning its suppliers. Other news reports suggest the counterfeits included notebooks, soft toys and footballs, and numbered around 1,500 items. Russia is due to host the FIFA World Cup finals next summer.

BBC probe uncovers Facebook’s fake luxury goods sellers

An investigation by the BBC has found that counterfeit luxury goods are found in large quantities on the social network’s Marketplace, including knockoffs of big brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Ugg, Nike, Armani and Hugo Boss. The BBC reported two of the sellers it bought counterfeit goods from to the social network, but neither was barred, despite the fact they openly admitted they were selling counterfeits. One said they typically operated for about six months before being shut down, but would promptly start operating again under a new profile. Facebook said it was working on ways to improve its processes for dealing with fakes.

Counterfeit Calvin Klein underwear seized by UK Border Force

Counterfeit goods including more than £1.5m (around $2m) worth of Calvin Klein underpants are among fake items seized at Southampton port in the UK, en route to markets in the build-up to the Christmas shopping rush. Other intercepted items included 1,440 Superdry hoodie tops worth about £100,000, 450 counterfeit Dyson fans and Apple chargers worth approximately £182,500, and 2,112 Spiderman, Pokemon and Hello Kitty hand-held fans worth an estimated £31,680. The goods were discovered by X-ray equipment used to check that the contents of a shipping container match its manifest.

Fake Pandora charm seller ordered to pay back £100k

A former teacher from Chester in the UK has been ordered to pay £100,000 (around $) in reparations for selling counterfeit Pandora jewellery on online auction sites – or face more time in prison. Suzanne Percy (49) was sentenced to 16 months in jail in April in connection with the case brought by Trading Standards, and the latest judgment has arisen from a Proceeds of Crime hearing last week. Percy sold an estimated £300,000-worth of Pandora charms between March 2015 and June 2016, according to court proceedings.

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