x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Fake skin cream has barber in hot water

A barber's trade in homemade counterfeit skin creams came to an end when a customer's face erupted in fungal infections.

The Dibba municipality has closed the barber shop after discovering it was replicating the skin cream of a famous European brand.
The Dibba municipality has closed the barber shop after discovering it was replicating the skin cream of a famous European brand.

DIBBA, Fujairah // A barber's trade in homemade counterfeit skin creams came to a sticky end when a customer whose face erupted in fungal infections complained to the city. The Dibba municipality has closed the barber shop after discovering it was replicating the skin cream of a famous European brand and selling it to customers in breach of ethical and health and safety rules. Hassan Salem, acting head of the municipality, said it had received a tip from a customer who, since using the cream, was suffering from fungal diseases that had badly marked his face.

The name of the counterfeited cream has not been revealed by the municipality, so as not to hurt the manufacturer's business. All officials would say was that it was a well-known men's face cream. "We found out that they were making the cream by hand and promoting it among their customers, especially those that had their beards shaved," said Mr Salem. The municipality seized all the creams and ordered the shop to close until the investigation had been completed.

Mr Salem said the owner of the shop could be fined heavily if the investigators found he had endangered his customers' lives. @Email:ykakande@thenational.ae