Counterfeit products

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Counterfeit products are goods which are fraudulent. That may be because they are not genuine, or they may not meet minimum standards expected for the product.[1] Examples would be "honey" which contains no actual honey, only sugar and flavoring; famous label clothing and accessories which are not made by the owner of the label; or airplane or automobile parts that look like genuine parts but are made with inferior materials and cannot withstand the stress required.

Organized crime

Counterfeit products may be made, distributed, and sold by organized crime organizations, including those which present significant dangers. They may even include terrorist organizations.

Processed food

The ingredients in processed food, such as sugar, vanilla, paprika, honey, olive oil or cocoa may be counterfeit.[1]


In the case of branded products with a price premium, and little actual difference in content, substitution of a cheap product for an expensive branded product may occur. Expensive branded liquor or wine is one target.[2]

Dangerous products

Counterfeit alcoholic beverages can contain methanol, wood alcohol, which can cause blindness or death.[1] Rubbing alcohol is another possibility.[2]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Counterfeit Food More Widespread Than Suspected" article by Stephen Castle and Doreen Carvajal in The New York Times June 26, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 "NJ: Restaurant served coloring and rubbing alcohol instead of scotch" article by David P. Willis in Asbury Park Press May 13, 2013

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