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Manchester trader fined over fake goods made with cadmium and lead

26 October 2021

A trader who sold jewellery made with harmful heavy metals, some of which was found to contain 800 times more than the safe limit, has been fined.

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Don’t Toy with Children’s Safety

07 October 2021

This week the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) published a report highlighting that 88% of toys bought from 3rd party online sellers were found to be illegal for sale in the UK and that 49% of toys tested were unsafe for children to play with.

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ACG Goes Live on BBC Crime Watch

22 September 2021

This morning The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) Director General, Phil Lewis took his turn in the spotlight as he appeared as a special guest on the real-life crime programme.

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Global Trade in Fakes: A Worrying Threat

30 June 2021

Phil Lewis ACG Director General comments on the OECD report that looks at the magnitude, value, scope and trends of global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, also known as fakes.

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Do Consumers Care About Price or Product Safety?

23 March 2021

When a new product is launched, brands take product safety very seriously and invest a lot of time and money to ensure it is safe and won't cause harm. Without doubt, consumers look for safety in products to ensure their wellbeing. Whether it is a baby carrier to cradle and protect a young child, or an airbag to provide a soft cushion and restraint for those inside a car in the event of a crash.

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ACG Fireside Chat with Clive Jones

19 March 2021

Today the Anti-Counterfeiting Group hosted its third online fireside chat. This time with retired Professional Lead at Powys Trading Standards, Clive Jones and was a great way to finish off a busy week. Clive, who has spent most of his time trying to combat illicit crime, reminisced about his career working at Powys County Council Trading Standards.

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The Interview: Anti-Counterfeiting Group Director General, Phil Lewis

08 March 2021

From tearing apart families to crippling friendships, jobs, education and people’s mental health, the harmful toll of the Covid-19 virus on lives and livelihoods cannot be overstated. And yet, despite the hardships, counterfeit criminal gangs are seeking to capitalise on the challenging situation; exploiting the changing needs and habits of locked-down shoppers and diverting vital funds away from legitimate businesses at a time they need it most.

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Even Baby Carriers Can Be Counterfeited

26 February 2021

Despicable criminal counterfeiters are now threating the safety of new-born babies and toddlers and that’s why ACG welcomes the news that the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has launched a major investigation into counterfeit baby carriers being sold on eBay. The baby carrier in question is the ‘Ergobaby Omni 360’ and PIPCU is asking anyone who has recently purchased one of these but not from the company’s official website, to get in touch as quickly as possible.

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Online sales of counterfeit products likely to soar

30 October 2020

Read ACG's Director General, Phil Lewis's blog for his views on how criminals will exploit this opportunity and put consumers at risk.

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BBC Defenders UK Capture ACG Raid

27 October 2020

The BBC Defenders UK team filmed a targeted operation in Birmingham where ACG’s Intelligence Coordinator, Graham Mogg along with Officers from West Midlands Regional Police Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU) and Birmingham Trading Standards. The operation saw two raids being undertaken at an industrial site linked to counterfeiting activity and the home address of a suspected counterfeit goods supplier.

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About ACG

ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.

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