Many fronts in fight against counterfeits in UAE

Next time when you buy a branded product, be cautious. Despite the collaborative efforts by different authorities, commercial fraud is targeting all kinds of products, including those related to health and safety, such as food, dietary supplements and cosmetics.

Recently, the Ajman Municipality launched an inspection campaign against outlets that deal with counterfeit goods of various popular brands, after the Ajman Economic Development Department (AEED) received 40 complaints from various companies.

Mohammed Al Kutabbi, Director of consumer protection at the AEED, said more than 13,000 counterfeit products of various brands were seized in the inspections carried out during the first nine months of this year. The outlets caught selling the fake products were fined Dh15,000 each, he added. "The counterfeit products included clothes, ladies bags, cosmetics, perfumes and shoes. The department, in coordination with the municipality, also confiscated many expired goods that raise health risks to consumers."