(Newmarket, Ontario - Friday, October 28th , 2011) - Investigators from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Greater Toronto Area Federal Enforcement Section and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have ‘cracked down’ on imports of counterfeit products destined for businesses in the GTA.
Dubbed Project OSCORPION, an estimated 25 million dollars in counterfeit designer label clothing, purses, boots, sunglasses, watches, scarves and perfume have been seized in the past four weeks and will not reach the GTA marketplace. Most of the counterfeit products seized originated from China and were shipped to Canada through sea ports in British Columbia.
The RCMP work closely with the CBSA and Intellectual Property Rights Holders to ensure that unauthorized counterfeit products do not reach the Canadian marketplace. The RCMP reminds consumers that counterfeit products are often low grade quality and produced without regard for Canadian health and safety standards. These types of counterfeit products may pose serious risks to the health and safety of Canadian consumers.
“The CBSA is committed to ensuring the safety and security of Canadians and will continue to assist the RCMP in preventing counterfeit goods from entering the Canadian marketplace,” said Regional Director General, Goran Vragovic. “As the holidays approach, we remind Canadians to be aware when making purchases.”
“In addition to having little regard for the health and safety of Canadians, counterfeiters pose serious threats to the economic integrity of Canada by harming legitimate businesses and Canadian jobs,” says Inspector Todd Gilmore, Officer in Charge, RCMP Greater Toronto Federal Enforcement Section. Inspector Gilmore would like to remind consumers that if the price seems too good to be true, then it may very well be a counterfeit product.
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Cpl. Cathie Glenn
GTA Federal Enforcement Section
Toronto North Detachment