EU seized €1.3bn fake goods in 2011

2012-07-24 19:20

Brussels - The European Union says its customs officers intercepted 115 million counterfeit items worth €1.3bn in 2011, including many that could be dangerous to people's health.

The EU says 73% of the fake products came from China. The top category of seized goods was counterfeit medicine, which accounted for 24% of the total, the EU says.

Other fake goods included cigarettes, packing material, alcohol, soft drinks and mobile phones.

EU Customer Commissioner Algirdas Semeta said in a statement on Tuesday that "customs is the EU's first line of defence against fake products which threaten the safety of our citizen and undermine legal businesses."

The number of intercepted goods was 15% higher than the previous year.