Exploding iPods and cancer-causing washing powder are some of the counterfeit goods being bought by the public, according to police.
Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb told Stormont’s Public Accounts Committee yesterday that “we cannot underestimate the dangers of counterfeit goods”.
The superintendent also revealed that Italian Mafia gangs are bringing in counterfeit powertool products.
“There is something fundamentally wrong with someone going door-to-door selling chainsaws. Surely people realise something is wrong when someone comes to your door with a leather coat and an Italian accent selling chainsaws?” he said.