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Crackdown continues on phony Expo items

MORE than 100,000 fake Expo souvenir items were sent to a drop site in Pudong New Area yesterday to be destroyed, an Expo bureau official said. It was the first mass disposal of counterfeit Expo souvenirs.

The souvenirs included Haibao toys, key rings, cell phone accessories, folding stools and many other products. The items were confiscated from peddlers either within or near the Expo grounds.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested for selling fake Expo souvenirs since the World Expo opened on May 1. Also, six illegal manufacturers and four warehouses were closed down as more than 700,000 fakes souvenirs have been confiscated.

"A special squad has been set up by the joint efforts of the Expo Bureau, urban management officials, police and the city's intellectual property office to crack down on the selling of counterfeit Expo souvenirs," said Chen Anjie, deputy director of the Expo Security Department and deputy director of the Expo Bureau.

He said that fake plush Haibaos could pose a hazard to people after long-term exposure because they are usually stuffed with poor quality cotton.

Frequent raids are carried out in neighborhoods near the Expo as these areas are popular for the manufacture and storing of fake souvenirs.

Chen said a series of measures have been taken to stop illegal vending at the Expo. He said buffer areas have been built around the site to prevent peddlers from throwing bags or boxes full of fake souvenirs over exterior walls to their partners inside the Expo.

Chen added that a new law allows police to detain a vendor for 10 days for selling fake Expo souvenirs.

Before, police would only seize the fake products while the peddlers were released.


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