Fake X-mas lights seized, to be destroyed in La Union

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Around 500 boxes of alleged imported Christmas lights with fake seals of International Commodity Clearance (ICC) were confiscated by personnel of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) from various establishments here yesterday.

Zaldy Zafra, officer of DTI-La Union Consumer Protection Division, said that most of the fake ICC seals, worth around P2.00 each, were bought in Manila by local businessmen..

“We have seen that all the products (Christmas lights) confiscated were fake because these should have been inspected and certified by the Bureau of Product Standards before they were given ICCs. The vendors claimed they bought it Manila with their supplier,” Zafra said.

Zafra said they found that the ICCs were fake because their serial numbers contain eight numbers instead of seven and the genuine should be hologram with different shining colours and not just plain silver.