Bacteria and feces found in fake cosmetics similar to popular makeup brands

Bacteria and feces found in fake cosmetics similar to popular makeup brands

The one thing that all the customer complaints had in common was where they were bought: Santee Alley.

Capt. Reina ended his tweet with "The best price is not always the best deal!" The complaints prompted the Anti-Piracy Unit to conduct undercover buys to test the products.

LAPD recently seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit makeup from the Los Angeles Fashion District, and the results were far from pretty. Counterfeit cosmetics, however, do not meet those standards.

Found in the makeup - which was purported to be from brands like Urban Decay, Kylie Cosmetics, and MAC - were high levels of bacteria and human waste. As for the bogus products, they are made where contaminants are rampant. The products look nearly identical to high-quality eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara but, authorities say, their prices should have raised eyebrows.

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Of the shops raided, KABC reports that six of the owners were arrested, and rest received cease-and-desist orders.

The counterfeit products were uncovered in a raid of 21 stores in the city's Fashion District, notes Los Angeles television station KABC.

"Those feces will just basically somehow get mixed into the product they're manufacturing in their garage or in their bathroom - wherever they're manufacturing this stuff", Detective Rick Ishitani told CNN. She then advised buyers of the cosmetics line to "never buy counterfeit products!"

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