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Posted by admin on Jan 20, 2012 11:24:41 AM
Amherst Man Admits Selling Counterfeit Sports Jerseys


Brian E. Bartoe, 36, of Amherst, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to trafficking in counterfeit professional sports team jerseys—mostly Buffalo Bills and Sabres jerseys—at his Jersey Junkey store and website.

Bartoe admitted selling counterfeit NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB jerseys at his Bailey Avenue store and his website from September 2009 to April 2010. The jerseys were manufactured in China, prosecutors said.

For the complete story, please visit Buffalo News.

Fake Malaria Drugs Endanger Millions of Lives


Counterfeit or weakened versions of life-saving antimalarial drugs are making the rounds in Africa, potentially putting millions of lives at risk and encouraging drug resistance, say scientists.

In a study recently published in Malaria Journal, scientists working for a U.K. collaborative in Laos report that fake pills of artemisinin, a powerful antimalarial drug, were found in 11 countries in Africa. The counterfeit drugs contained either the wrong mixture of active ingredients or not enough medication to properly control infection.

For the complete story, please visit Time.

US Counterfeit Drug Seizures up 200 Percent in 2011


Seizures of counterfeit pharmaceuticals by US customs tripled in 2011 compared to the previous year, with a domestic value of $16.8m, some $11m higher than in 2010.

Pharmaceuticals were seized with a higher frequency than any other product category in what the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) calls the "consumer safety and critical technology" category, which includes commodities that can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of Americans.

For the complete story, please visit Securing Pharma.

Counterfeit Pesticide Warning


COUNTERFEIT PESTICIDES could account for as much as 25% of supplies in some European countries, the European Union law enforcement agency, Europol, has warned.

Organised crime groups were now so well structured and so professional that wholesalers were unaware that they were buying counterfeit products, said the watchdog.

But the fake products were not perfect. The agency pointed out that many of the illicit pesticides violated safety standards and could include banned chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system and the production of hormones, and as such threaten the health of farmers and consumers and pose a risk to the natural environment.

For more on this story, please visit The Scottish Farmer.

Topics: Luxury Goods, Pharmaceuticals, In the Headlines