Counterfeit fruit enters Hong Kong breaking a 3 year void

The last time counterfeit fruit was found in Hong Kong was back in 2011 when boxes of fake watermelon were found. That 3 year streak has been broken.

After many consumer complaints of oranges tasting different and not looking like the usual brand, authorities investigated.

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On April 23, Hong Kong Customs raided two fruit retailers in Yuen Long. They found 5200 oranges that were suspected of having fake labels. The total retail value is $90,000. A total of 8 people were arrested in the bust.

Now, you may ask how is this counterfeit? They are still oranges but with a different label. Well, if I fill a liter with oil and slap a Exxon Mobile logo on it, is that not trademark counterfeiting?

I am always checking my fruit and vegetables when I buy them from a store, usually looking for flaws. I usually prefer organic to non organic, but I will eat both. Sometimes I do wonder though if some stalls at farmer markets are really selling what they claim. What stops someone from buying fruit from a supermarket, and then putting a new label on them and claim organic and sell them at a 50% markup? Will I know?  The placebo effect can be strong. If the sticker says organic, you may believe it even it is not.

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