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Cambodian raids net 70 tons of fake cosmetics, ingredients

Cambodian authorities say they have confiscated nearly 70 tons of counterfeit cosmetics and raw materials for making them, a major haul that included imitations of South Korean, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and U.S. brands.

The head of the government's Counter Counterfeit Committee, Mech Sophana, said Monday that raids in March and April in Phnom Penh and adjoining Kandal province found where the counterfeit items were produced and resulted in the arrests of six people — four Chinese, a Vietnamese-Cambodian dual national and a Cambodian — for illegal production of cosmetics. He said three were detained and the others were ordered not to leave the country pending further investigation.

He estimated the products' value in the millions of dollars, even though they could be hazardous to health.