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In Brief: Counterfeit Head & Shoulders

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Counterfeit Head & Shoulders: Procter & Gamble charges New York City-based Quality King with counterfeiting and trademark and package design infringement in a suit filed Aug. 3 against the wholesale distributor in U.S. district court in Long Island, P&G announces Aug. 11. Because the dandruff shampoo is regulated as a drug product, P&G said it has informed FDA and "is working closely with them to fully investigate this matter." The company warned that the counterfeit product is contaminated with bacteria. P&G said it is aware of "a few thousand bottles" of counterfeit product and that "most" have not yet reached store shelves. The counterfeit shampoo has turned up at several retail chains, including Kroger, Albertson's and Love's. Beginning the week of Aug. 14, P&G will run newspaper ads nationally informing consumers of the counterfeit product. The ads also will announce that free replacements are available to consumers who have purchased the counterfeit product...
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