Los Angeles counterfeit makeup had traces of animal feces, urine, police say

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In a tweet, LAPD Captain Marc Reina said that some of the makeup was found to contain bacteria and human waste.

A raid conducted by a Los Angeles Police Department task force seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics Thursday in Downtown L.A.'s Fashion District.

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Detective Rick Ishitani told KABC companies must meet the expensive duty of meeting safety standards while makers of bootleg product don't.

The makeup being sold as counterfeit included brands such as Anastasia, MAC and Kylie - the cosmetics line of the reality TV star Kylie Jenner. However, when you see your favorite products offered at 50% to 75% off (and not directly from the brand retailer), this is most likely a counterfeit. The investigation started after customers called the actual cosmetic companies complaining of bumps and rashes from the products.

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According to ABC 7, of the 21 businesses raided and cited, six of the owners were arrested.

"Those feces will just basically somehow get mixed into the product they're manufacturing in their garage or in their bathroom - wherever they're manufacturing this stuff", Ishitani told KABC. Fifteen other people had been served using cease and desist orders.

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