It is rather usual to find products online that are much cheaper than the usual price. Sometimes sellers even give absolute assurance that their products are genuine but do not be fooled by such claims !
They may very well not be worth the price for you may be penny wise but pound foolish. Perhaps it is even more devastating to highlight that the proceeds of the sale of counterfeit products are commonly used to fund criminal activities like drugs, bribery, prostitution and even murder?
In Malaysia, it was that the value of sale of counterfeit products last year exceeded RM 8 billion, with RM 5 billion of consisting of smuggled illegal cigarettes .
One of the main reasons for this problem to persist is the lackadaisical attitude of Malaysians in choosing products. Ultimately, the use of counterfeit products has resulted in issues among consumers. We have seen issues such as cosmetic products causing skin irritation, engine oil causing
damage to car engines which basically also caused financial loss among consumers.
Tests Show That Consumers May Have Been Buying Artificial Products
The remedy of sore throats and the healthy alternative of syrup, honey, is a kitchen staple in many Malaysians’ homes. But before you pour some on your oats or spread it on your BBQ chicken, know that 80% of honey sold in Malaysia is fake!
A series of exclusive reports by Berita Harian. The test results from a laboratory found that the artificial honey is made out of sugar, starch, and corn flour—all of which could harm consumers’ health, especially diabetes patients.
Consumers must know about the danger of consuming fake honey because the manufacturing process mixes foreign materials, overheats and the standard of hygiene is poor. Such product could lead to heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes.
Principal research officer of Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Dr. Suri Roowi found that five samples of honey bought from different merchants contained a high amount of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF).
Dr. Suri Roowi said that HMF is a natural compound of glucose breakdown in acidic condition, over consuming it could cause adverse effects on our body.
“We found that some samples have no nutritional values or source of honey in them, confirming that they are all synthetic,” said Roowi.
One man who reportedly consumed fake honey for the past 6 years was recently hospitalized for three months. Right now, the 64-year-old man’s right leg has an implanted rot to support his movement and his toes have yet to recover.
The man, Khairil Amri (not his real name), discovered his diabetes in December last year after consuming a variant of honey called kelulut honey, which produced by stingless bees in Kedah. He took it twice a day for six years.
After the diagnosed, he took the honey to MARDI to run a test because he disbelieved that his healthy diet had led to diabetes. He reported that he did not take sweet food, only a little during festive season; for beverages, he always opted ‘less sugar’ for his tea and Kopi-O.
The results of the test found that the honey he took for six years was indeed a counterfeit and the news left him devastated.
Khairil bought the fake honey for RM 80 – RM 100 per bottle. It was hardly his fault for believing its authenticity because some sellers would go great length to run ‘demonstration’ to prove that they were selling pure honey.
They would lie to the consumers by false educating pure honey’s characteristics, such as claiming so-and-so as accurate colour, fine bubbles on the top layer, and the ‘pop’ sound you hear when opening the bottle. Do these characteristics ring a bell?
Among all the variant of honey, consumers prefer kelulut honey better because it was claimed that it has higher nutritional value, thus seeing the emergence of more artificial kelulut honey in the market.
Dr. Suri Roowi found that 15 out of 270 tested kelulut honey samples were artificial and didn’t contain any nutrients.
In response, Ministry of Health revealed that 7 samples out of 77 honey in the market didn’t comply with the standards set under the Food Regulations 1985.
Beware Of Fake Products On Sale – How To Differentiate Genuine Products From Fake Products In Malaysia
Want to avoid contributing to the funding of illicit activities and disappointment on the usage of products? Below are some tips to help you differentiate genuine products and counterfeit products.
Afraid of Fake Products in the Market ? Tips to Differentiate Genuine Products and Fake Products
Most genuine dairy products are packaged by machine which results in them having a perfectly cut packaging. Meanwhile counterfeit dairy products could be identified by their logo and colour which slightly differs from the original product.
Pay attention to the gold stripe in the cash note. If the gold stripe is brighter, it could be a fake note. In contrast a genuine Ringgit note will have a clearer watermark and have a visible peak box. Besides, the double-lined security thread and the RM ‘ ‘BNM wording of a genuine note would be clearly seen under ample light.
A genuine Shell engine oil will have the label “Untuk Pasaran Malaysia” which has a unique QR code behind it.
Ensure that the serial number in the box is the same as the tongue of the shoe. The serial number of the left shoe and right shoe should be different.
If it is similar, then the shoe could be fake.
You can also examine the logo of the shoe to ensure that it surfaces. The logos of counterfeit products are usually drawn or pasted.
A counterfeit cosmetic product is of a colour which is usually not in the market. Check with the website of the manufacturer to ensure that a particular exists in their array of products to ensure the authencity of cosmetic products.
Genuine cosmetic products are also usually not accompanied by discounts are unreasonable.
Furthermore, genuine cosmetic products will come with product quality certificates and thus when in doubt, you can always ask the seller to show the certificate.
There are various products in the market which genuineness are doubted, so take caution and be a prudent consumer !
Source : Ikat Tepi