By  on May 18, 2015

LONDON — British consumers who buy counterfeit beauty products could be exposing themselves to cyanide, arsenic, mercury, lead, human urine, rat droppings and rat poison, according to the City of London Police.

On Monday, the London force’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit launched an awareness campaign to highlight the rise in counterfeit beauty products. The campaign — called “Wake up — don’t fake up!” — noted that counterfeit makeup is often produced in unsanitized and unhygienic factories, with rat droppings and rat poison having been found in some cosmetics that police have seized.

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