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Why Chinese Counterfeits Are Becoming a Growing Hazard

A Sharpie marker, next to a "Shoupie" marker.  (Image:  DangApricot via   wikipedia/ CC BY-SA 3.0)
A Sharpie marker, next to a "Shoupie" marker. (Image: DangApricot via wikipedia/ CC BY-SA 3.0)

Chinese Counterfeits are becoming a growing concern and a health hazard in many cases.

Despite alleged efforts by Chinese authorities to decrease counterfeiting, the number of counterfeit goods from China has steadily risen. The Chinese counterfeiting industry is apparently thriving “despite resistance,” and it is causing great harm to economies around the globe.

Some say China has an ‘addiction to counterfeiting.’

There are a growing number of online complaints about people thinking they bought brand name articles, but instead received cheap quality counterfeits.

Types of Chinese counterfeits

Infant formula

Just recently  the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration claimed it was tracking Internet sales of fake milk powder. Reports from 2008 claimed that infant’s milk powder laced with melamine lead to the death of three children and left 6,000 sick.

Drugs

China is “believed to be the biggest source of fake medicines in the world,” according to Newsweek. Thanks to the digital age, it is easier than ever to buy and sell drugs via the world wide web. In 2015 the FDA along with other international regulators “cracked down on illegal and counterfeit drugs being soled over the Internet. “China in particular” is turning into a major cause for concern, as it is becoming a “key producer” of counterfeit drugs and also illegal synthetics, like meth.

Don’t laugh

One of the most common areas of counterfeit from China are tech-stuff and clothes, but also fan articles like counterfeit Mets caps, t-shirts, and coffee mugs. It is not uncommon to see a knock-off of some fast food chains in China either.

Even though the matter is serious, it is difficult not to smile at the creativity that goes into some of the knock-off names.

(Image: Screenshot/YouTube)

(Image: China Uncensored via Screenshot/YouTube)

The economical damage of intellectual property (IP) theft is great, not just for the United States, but also for many counties in Europe.

IP theft “is a big problem in China and the Chinese leaders know it,” said William Perry, a trade lawyer with Dorsey & Whitney according to Forbes.

The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, in a 2013 report, stated that “the scale of the theft of American intellectual property is unprecedented- hundreds of billions of dollars per year, on the order of the size of U.S. exports to Asia.”

(Image: Screenshot/YouTube)

(Image: China Uncensored via Screenshot/YouTube)

In 2015 U.S. and Chinese Representatives from customs agencies signed an agreement to work together to counter intellectual property rights violations.

Watch this video by China Uncensored about the different Chinese knock-offs:

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