EU seizes US$1.6 bil. in counterfeit goods in 2011, mostly from China


BRUSSELS — The European Union says its customs officers intercepted 115 million counterfeit items worth 1.3 billion euros (US$1.57 billion) in 2011, including many that could be dangerous to people’s health.

The EU says 73 percent of the fake products came from China. The top category of seized goods was counterfeit medicine, which accounted for 24 percent of the total, the EU says. Other fake goods included cigarettes, packing material, alcohol, soft drinks and mobile phones.