On May 25, 2013, France’s Ministry of Economy announced the largest seizure of counterfeit medication ever made by France and the European Union. French customs agents in Le Havre discovered 1.2 million doses of counterfeit aspirin hidden in a shipment of tea originating from China. The goods in the shipment were destined for a Spanish company located in the Balearic Islands that authorities suspect to be a shell corporation.
Who: French and European Union Customs Service.
When: May 25, 2013, May17-25, 2013.
Where: Le Havre, France
How: Customs search of tea shipment from China.
Additional details: The counterfeit aspirin contained no active ingredient. It was made primarily of glucose.
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