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Man guilty of selling fake makeup containing 'dangerous' levels of lead and chromium

Some of the fake makeup which was seized from Cody's home Credit: Cardiff Council

A warning has been issued after a man was caught selling fake makeup containing "dangerous" levels of chemicals.

Mark Cody, from Blaenavan Close in St Mellons, pleaded guilty last Friday to a string of offences relating to his counterfeiting business which he ran from his home.

In February 2018, officers raided Cody's property and discovered "significant amount" of counterfeit goods, including fake Chanel, Kylie and Mac makeup products.

The fake makeup was sent for analysis and was found to contain 35 times the permitted levels of lead and 7 times the permitted level of chromium.

Counterfeit clothing, designer label stickers and labels were also discovered at the property.

Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Shared Regulatory Service at Cardiff Council said these products "are not safe and the people that buy [them] need to know this".

Counterfeit goods need to be taken off the streets as these products do not go through the correct safety checks that legitimate products do.

The levels of lead and chromium in the make-up that was tested should send a clear message to the people that buy these products, to think again, as the levels of Lead and Chromium that were found are a risk to those that are using them.

– Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member

He added:

"Counterfeit clothes and other products are usually very poor quality and don’t undergo any safety tests at all. If it sounds to be good to be true, it more than likely is, and we will continue to investigate any intelligence that we are given to take these products off the market.”

Cody was given a Community Order for 12 months, requiring him to undertake 240 hours of unpaid work. He was also given a Rehabilitation Order of 25 hours, and ordered to pay costs of £300 with a further victim surcharge of £85.