This April 12, 2018, photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows counterfeit cosmetics to be seized by police in the Santee Alley area of Los Angeles. $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics seized from vendors in downtown's fashion district have tested positive for bacteria, lead and traces of animal feces, Los Angeles police said Monday, April 16, 2018. (Cpt. Marc Reina/Los Angeles Police Department via AP)
Counterfeit cosmetics seized in LA contained lead, feces
Associated Press / 09:39 AM April 17, 2018
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.
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