SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – About 500 boxes of alleged imported Christmas lights with fake seals of International Commodity Clearance (ICC) were confiscated by personnel of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) from various establishments here Wednesday.
Zaldy Zafra, an officer of DTI-La Union Consumer Protection Division, said that most of the fake ICC seals were bought in Manila by local businessmen worth around two pesos each.
“We have seen that all the products (Christmas lights) confiscated were faked because it should have been inspected and certified by the Bureau of Product Standards before they were given ICCs. The vendors claimed they bought it Manila with their supplier,” Zafra said.
Zafra said they found out that the ICCs were faked because their serial numbers contain eight numbers while the original has only seven and the genuine should be hologram with different shining colours and not just plain silver.
“All the confiscated products will be subjected for destruction because they are dangerous and might cause fire, particularly in the residential areas,” Zafra said. (Erwin Beleo)“