Monthly Archives: April 2013

“The FDA has used the device since 2010 to screen a number of products imported to the US including cosmetics, food, medical devices and cigarettes.”

From: Health24

US device will screen for fake medicines overseas

US agency lends counterfeit detection device to Ghana in effort to combat fake malaria pills.

US health officials are making a high-tech screening device available in Africa to help spot counterfeit malaria pills in hopes that the technology may eventually be used to combat the fake drug trade worldwide.

The Food and Drug Administration announced that US partners in Ghana will begin using a US -developed handheld device to screen for fake or diluted versions of two common malaria pills.

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Customs seize HK$24 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco

From: South China Morning Post

Officers seize HK$24m worth of cigarettes and tobacco destined for Australian market

Clifford Lo

Customs officers smashed an international smuggling syndicate, seizing HK$24 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco.

The 9.3 million cigarettes and 90kg of tobacco were found in a container that arrived in Hong Kong from Port Kelang in Malaysia via Singapore.

Wan Hing-chuen, who heads customs’ illicit tobacco investigation unit, said the goods were apparently destined for Australia – “Made in Germany for the Australian market” was printed on the packaging.

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Tobacco trafficking ring probe ends with 49th conviction

From: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Alexis Stevens

More than $1.3 million in unpaid tobacco taxes was collected and 49 defendants sentenced during an extensive crackdown that spanned several counties and lasted years, the state Attorney General said Wednesday. The final defendant pleaded guilty Tuesday.

A three-year investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Atlanta Field Division uncovered the illegal tobacco trafficking ring, and the defendants were arrested on or shortly after Oct. 19, 2011. All were charged with violations of state law involving the illegal possession, sale and distribution of contraband cigarettes, Attorney General Sam Olens said.

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NCACT Releases Calls For Government Action Against Contraband Tobacco

From: Canada News Wire

Today, the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) called on the government to take meaningful action against illicit cigarettes in the upcoming provincial budget. Over the last two weeks, NCACT representatives were in Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Mississauga, Ottawa and Toronto to talk to residents about Ontario’s illegal cigarette problem. In all, after speaking with NCACT, almost 2000 people signed a postcard to Premier Wynne calling for more government action.

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German tobacco sales decrease as smuggling is up

From: Deutsche Welle

The gradual increase in tobacco tax in Germany has seen domestic cigarette and cigar sales decreasing further over the past couple of months. However, that does not mean people are smoking less in the country.

Yet another tobacco tax hike in January of this year resulted in shrinking official cigarette sales in Germany, the National Statistics Office (Destatis) reported Monday.

In the first quarter of the current year, sales dipped by 6.8 percent year-on-year to a total of 17 billion cigarettes sold. Tax-relevant revenues shrank by 5.6 percent to 4.2 billion euros ($5.48 billion) over the same period.

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