Belfast Telegraph

Trader fined over counterfeit goods

A Belfast trader selling counterfeit MAC, Bobbi Brown and Chanel eye make-up was fined £240 plus costs at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

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

Trading Standards officers visited Mr Higgins's shop at the Dairy Farm shopping complex, Stewartstown Road, Belfast in December where they found the counterfeit mascaras, eye-liners and eye-shadows.

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."

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