NANJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Police in east China's Jiangsu Province have arrested 158 people suspected of manufacturing and selling fake cosmetics.
The suspects were caught in a raid on Dec. 26, 2018 and some 800 boxes of fake cosmetics worth about 10 million yuan (1.49 million U.S. dollars) were seized, police in the provincial capital city of Nanjing said Thursday.
The counterfeit products were mainly sold online at much lower prices compared with those sold in stores, according to the police, who were alerted by a consumer's complaint about skin problems associated with the use of the product.
Fourteen warehouses and a factory that stored and manufactured the fake cosmetics were sealed by police.
Industrial materials that should not be applied on the skin were used in the factory's production. The heavy metal ingredients contained in the fake cosmetics were 10 times higher than the national standard, said Li Kerong, an official with the Nanjing municipal public security bureau.