Angus Council trading standards service has launched a local initiative to tackle the problem of counterfeiting in markets, on the internet, in licensed premises, in the workplace and in ‘cottage industries’ operating from home addresses.
The project will focus on improving the flow of information, from the public and businesses about the sale of fake goods
Posters and leaflets will be distributed throughout local communities and to high street retailers. Trading standards officers will also visit local markets to check for counterfeit goods on sale.
Angus Council trading standards spokesperson, Councillor David May said: “We hope through this initiative to change the public’s perception of counterfeiting, and show that it is a serious crime. People believe that counterfeiting is a victimless crime and that only large, rich multinationals are losing out. What is not always realised is that by replicating products, counterfeiters cause enormous damage to the economic market, and put consumers at risk. The negative economic consequences felt by legitimate producers as a result of a loss of sales can result in major job losses on every high street.”
He added: “If members of the public think that someone is selling counterfeit goods, they should contact Trading Standards on 01241 435600 and ask for the duty officer, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“When calling, please let us know where and when the goods are being sold; what the goods were , for example, sunglasses, and their brand name; and as much as you can tell us about the seller and their premises or vehicle. Any other information, such as the price of the goods, or why they appear to be fake, will also be helpful.”
PICTURED RIGHT: Councillor David May, Angus Council convener of environmental and consumer protection, and David Valentine, head of economic development and environmental & consumer protection, get help from Colin Bedwell and Graham Kerr of Royal Oak Tree Services to dispose of counterfeit goods seized by Angus Council Trading Standards. Royal Oak Tree Services of Guthrie, Forfar is a member of the Angus Reputable Trader Scheme.