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September 23, 2017

Counterfeit chewing gum worth millions nabbed in Mombasa

Head of Mombasa anti-counterfeit department Ibrahim Bule displays counterfeit chewing gum boxes, August 22, 2017. /MALEMBA MKONGO
Head of Mombasa anti-counterfeit department Ibrahim Bule displays counterfeit chewing gum boxes, August 22, 2017. /MALEMBA MKONGO

Counterfeit chewing gum worth millions of shillings was nabbed in Mombasa on Tuesday.

The gum was found in a manufacturing factory called 'Sweet R Us' in Majengo area,

Area head of the anti-counterfeit authority Ibrahim Bule said they carried out the raid after complaints from residents.

He said the sweets and chewing gum have similar characteristics with products from the Coca Cola company, which confused buyers.

Bule said they are investigating whether the company is licensed to operate in the area and have the authority to manufacture the products.

"We will also investigate whether they pay taxes," he added.

The agency boss said samples of the products have been taken to the government laboratory to ascertain if they are good for consumption.

"Sweets and chewing gums are mostly consumed by children therefore we will like to ascertain if they do not have any side effects," Bule said.

He urged buyers to report to the police when they notice the products in the market.

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