Procter & Gamble, the company that makes Tide Laundry Detergent wants consumers to be aware of fake Tide products.
Procter & Gamble has helped to identify close to 50 factories that are sending out counterfeit Tide branded goods to unsuspecting consumers.
Foremost, consumers should know that Tide is NOT sold in 5-gallon buckets to consumers. The 5-gallon product is fake says Procter & Gamble Senior Communications Manager, Anne Candido. Consumers are getting mostly water according to P&G lab tests with cleaning results similar to just washing in water.
Dishonest sellers buy the fake Tide 5-gallon bucket for around $5, and resell it to unsuspecting consumers for $25 to $40 from internet ads or on the street. Risk is low and profit is high.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly 1500 cartons containing over 5000 boxes of counterfeit Tide laundry soap arriving in Seattle from China. The boxes resembled the Tide brand laundry detergent.
In a statement, Customs says the products not only bore protected trademarked names, they falsely claimed they originated in the United States.
Don't be fooled by a fake, buy genuine Procter & Gamble products from authorized retailers. The ingredients in counterfeit product are unknown and may be dangerous or harmful to your health.
These 5-gallon buckets of Tide are fake. Procter & Gamble doesn't sell any detergents in that size to US consumers.
Risks of using counterfeit detergent could be very serious and put your family at risk.
The seller of these fake 5-gallon Tide buckets found himself in jail and could face civil penalties up to $2 million per infringing trademark.
Tide is not sold in 5-gallon buckets in the US.
These Proctor and Gamble Tide products were seized by US Customs at a Seattle port. Would you suspect Tide being counterfeited and could you identify the counterfeit product?