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100 fake HP printer toners intercepted

The counterfeit goods were found in a hidden warehouse in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The counterfeit goods were found in a hidden warehouse in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

American tech firm HP and Kenyan Anti-Counterfeit officials have intercepted 100 ready-for-sale fake toner cartridges in a sweep that also saw them confiscate 8,400 other components used in manufacturing fake products.

The counterfeit goods were found in a hidden warehouse in Nairobi after the HP officials were tipped off by customers during the routine market inspection.

“Kenyan officials were able to identify the fact that the business was manufacturing fake print supplies and intercept the products made for market,” HP said in a statement.

Across Europe, Middle East and Africa over the last five years, approximately 12 million counterfeits and components have been seized by local authorities, supported by HP.

HP has conducted over 4,500 audits and inspections (CPPAs and CDIs) of partners’ stocks or suspicious deliveries for customers.

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