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Counterfeit cosmetics seized in LA contained lead, feces

/ 09:39 AM April 17, 2018

This April 12, 2018, photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows counterfeit cosmetics seized in the Santee Alley area of Los Angeles. The $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics confiscated from vendors in the downtown’s fashion district have tested positive for bacteria, lead, and traces of animal feces, Los Angeles police said on Monday, April 16, 2018. (Cpt. Marc Reina/Los Angeles Police Department via AP)

 

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police said on Monday that $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics that were seized from vendors in downtown’s fashion district were tested and have been found positive for bacteria, lead, and traces of animal feces.

Officials said the investigation began after customers complained of rashes and other skin irritations from using the knockoff mascaras, lipsticks and eye shadows.

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The confiscated products include bogus versions of cosmetics by Urban Decay, MAC, Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner, and others.

Officer Norma Eisenman said at least six people received citations during raids at 21 locations last week.

Officials also warned that if the price of a product seems too good to be true, it probably is.                        /kga

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