Risk to people
Buying products on the Internet may entail high risks for the consumers’ health. As proof, the European Commission estimates that one counterfeiting product in three is harmful to people’s health.
The danger of counterfeiting
According to the WHO, there would be 15% of counterfeit medicines in the world. Unauthorized distribution networks increase the risks of potential incidents, not only in the medicine sector. Automobile industry is also a victim of counterfeiting; its consumers risk accidents.
Even counterfeit objects and textiles may be dangerous. Phthalates are part of some products composition like fragrances, aerosol sprays, and plasticized ones. It must not exceed 0.1% of the total weight, which counterfeit products do no respect. Phthalates are harmful for liver and kidneys hormones and for male reproductive organs.
Counterfeiting may cause serious allergies. The lack of quality may also provoke accidents: cuts, electrocutions, burns, etc. Counterfeit medicines could cause death.
No one is spared
These products invade the global markets. Counterfeit medicines are not only intended to the poorest markets, although they are the most vulnerable victims.
The products are very frequently made by criminal organizations who seek immediate profit. Fake medicines, textiles or spare parts may be dangerous since the production is processed in spite of all safety standards.