Anti-Counterfeit Authority together with the Multi-agency enforcement team on counterfeit goods today destroyed counterfeit goods with Ksh 27m at Athi River.
The counterfeit goods comprised of assorted items ranging from fast moving consumer goods like clothing, footwear, alcohol, electrical goods and apparel among others which were replicas of popular local and international brand.
According to the Elema Halake, Executive Director, Anti-Counterfeit Authority, the raid marked a critical step in the continuous effort of fighting counterfeit products in the country and underscored the agency’s commitment to rid the local markets off fake brands that are not fit for human consumption.
“This is a significant milestone for the Authority. Through a very thorough exercise that took place over a long period of time, we were able to work closely with other enforcement teams and nab these goods. Counterfeit products are not fit for human consumption. Today’s initiative goes a long way to contribute to the National Action Plan against counterfeiting and illicit trade in the country,” noted Elema Halake, Executive Director,Anti-Counterfeit Authority.
On her part, Betty Maina, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives noted that the Government has stepped up the fight against illicit trade and counterfeit products as such contributes to reduced essential tax revenue, impacts on foreign direct investment prospects and contributes to serious health risks.