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Fake washing powder "could cause pain"

Tonnes of counterfeit washing powder which could cause a painful reaction to anyone with sensitive skin has been found at Dover docks.

Packaged as large boxes of Ariel, the load originated in eastern Europe and was of a much lower quality.

It was seized by Kent Trading Standards officers working with the UK Border Agency.

The counterfeit washing powder found at Dover docks.
The counterfeit washing powder found at Dover docks.

Trading Standards manager Mark Rolfe said scientists from Procter and Gamble – the company which produces Ariel – took samples away for analysis and confirmed their suspicions.

“They told us the powder could be used for washing, but it was of a much inferior quality and, if sold as Ariel, would have brought in a tidy profit. It contained chlorides which could produce a bad reaction in some users and which genuine Ariel does not contain.”

The counterfeit powder was destined for a distribution centre in the south-east. The haulage company and the lorry driver are believed to be oblivious to the scam.

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