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A total of 35,000 fake printer ink cartridges have been seized by the Ministry of Commerce in Riyadh, KSA, local media reported.

The authorities during the raids seized more than 5,000 packs of fake ink cartridges. Over 4,000 empty ink cartridges were about to be refilled, the paper said, adding that nearly 8,000 labels carrying HP trade marks were also confiscated. More than 25,000 packs, carrying HP and Canon brands, were seized.

In another campaign, the ministry’s field inspectors cracked down on a villa in Officers’ district and another two houses in Atiqa district which were used to store and reload fake printer inks. A group of workers were detained. They used an old house in the capital’s Murabba district to repack poor quality ink cartridges and market them to consumers as authentic and genuine products carrying trademarks of such brands as HP and Canon, Sabq.com online paper said.

Earlier, the ministry’s team launched inspection campaigns targeting Shimaisi area and two apartments in Malaz districts, where they seized more than 15,000 fake ink packs. 

A statement from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said the ministry has always maintained that it would not tolerate the violators and those involved in the practices of fraud that put the health and safety of consumers at risk.