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Belfast Trader fined for selling counterfeit goods – 17/08/2010

A Belfast Trader selling counterfeit MAC, Bobbi Brown and Chanel eye make-up was today fined a total of £240 plus costs at Belfast Magistrates’ Court.

In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mr Kevin Higgins, pleaded guilty to four charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

In December 2009, Trading Standards Officers visited Mr Higgins’s premises at the Dairy Farm shopping complex, Stewartstown Road, Belfast, where they found the counterfeit mascaras, eyeliners and eyeshadows on sale.

Damien Doherty of the Trading Standards Service said: “Counterfeit items such as cosmetics are potentially dangerous to consumers. It is unlikely that they will be subject to the same stringent safety tests as legitimate brands. As these goods are to be applied to the skin and to the eye area, they may pose a serious health risk to consumers.”

Consumers who suspect they may have purchased counterfeit goods, should report it to Domain Scams on 0300 123 62 62 or log onto the Domain Scams website at www.domainscams.co.uk.

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