Four people aged between 19 and 62 have been arrested in Yuen Long for allegedly trying to pass off inferior oranges as higher-quality Sunkist products from the United Sates and South America, Ming Pao Daily News reported Friday.
Customs officers seized 5,200 fake Sunkist oranges and about 112,000 fake labels valued at around HK$90,000 in total from two fruit stores in Yuen Long, the report said.
Customs and Excise acted on a tip-off from a customer who complained about buying Sunkist oranges that tasted unusually sour and had a very thick peel.
Customs officers allege the two shops bought oranges from North Africa at HK$1 each, and resold them as Sunkist products for HK$3 each, about half the usual price.
According to Lam Yau-tak, commander of the Customs and Excise Department’s intellectual property general investigation division, it’s not difficult to tell the difference between the genuine and fake products because the real labels are plastic and the fakes poorly printed paper stickers.
People convicted of selling counterfeit products face up to five years in jail and a HK$500,000 fine under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, the report said.
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