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Several discount stores across Britain have been unknowingly selling fake bottles of Head and Shoulders shampoo, which contain potentially dangerous ingredients including ‘sex change’ chemicals.

Thousands of counterfeit bottles of the top selling haircare brand have been seized by canada goose outlet online uk Trading Standards officers after customers began reporting side effects of itching and bleeding after using the products.

Tests carried out by scientists at canada goose outlet parka Loughborough University, on samples collected during the UK seizures, revealed the fakes had a ‘significantly different chemical make up to the genuine product’.

The bogus products were found to contain high levels of the ‘sex change’ chemical uk canada goose Diethyl Phthalate, which can affect reproductive health and can also be toxic to wildlife.

Spot checks at two Trago Mills’ stores in Cornwall found counterfeit bottles of the leading shampoo brand.160 canada goose outlet uk sale bottles were seized in total from Trago stores in Falmouth and Liskeard and every one was a fake

An investigation found fake canada goose outlet bottles of the leading shampoo brand had been on sale at two Trago Mills’ stores in Cornwall and at a discount B store in Northern canada goose outlet canada Ireland.

Health experts canada goose outlet shop fear there could be thousands more Canada Goose online of the counterfeit bottles on sale across the country, with the fakes so realistic that it is extremely difficult to tell the difference between the bogus Canada Goose Parka product buy canada goose jacket cheap and the real thing.

The makers of the genuine Head and canada goose outlet jackets Shoulders brand, Procter and Gamble, said chemicals in the fakes had the potential to cause irritation to breathing and skin, could be harmful if swallowed and had risks of ‘serious damage’ to eyes.

The counterfeits also tested positive for large amounts of the canada goose outlet ‘sex change’ chemical Diethyl Phthalate, which can affect reproductive health.

The endocrine chemicals, which could find their way into into rivers and lakes from drains and sewage, can lead to fish having their hormones altered and some scientists claim it can stop them breeding.

Experts said there was ten times the amount of the ‘sex change’ chemical compared to any other ingredients in some of the fake bottles.

An investigation on TV show Fake Britain found that of the 160 bottles seized from Trago Mills stores in Falmouth and Liskeard in Cornwall, every one turned out to be a counterfeit.

In a statement, Trago Mills said: ‘As a retailer that has been established for nearly 50 years, we canada goose uk black friday have always taken great care to build relationships cheap canada goose with reputable suppliers and top brands, in order to source the best products for our customers.

The genuine Head and Shoulders brand, Procter and Gamble,said chemicals in the fakes had the potential to cause irritation to breathing and skin

‘We purchased this particular product in good faith, from a trusted source, and we were one of a number of wholesalers and retailers, worldwide, who received canada goose outlet black friday cheap canada goose uk it.

‘The copy was so advanced that it took rigorous testing to identify it as goose outlet canada a copy.

‘We work closely with the Office of Fair Trading to ensure our customers’ best interests are put first and are grateful to them for helping us to identify this sophisticated copy and to ensure the product was removed immediately from sale.’

Cornwall Trading Standards was involved in the investigation and a spokesman described them as ‘extremely good counterfeits’ which looked almost identical to the real thing.

She added: ‘The copies were so incredibly good that the store, in our opinion, had done everything they could to make sure it wasn’t selling counterfeits.

‘As such, we have closed the investigation against the store that sold it, by way of providing advice for them to potentially spot counterfeits in the future.’

Tests on the counterfeit products, carried out at Loughborough University, found it did not have any acidity regulator, meaning there’s nothing to control chemical reactions in the bottles, which could produce harmful substances.

A skin sensitiser was also found, which could cause contact dermatitis to those allergic.

On the BBC investigative show, a woman in St Austell, official canada goose outlet called Sharon, described how the fake shampoo which she’d unwittingly bought canada goose outlet new canada goose coats york city at a 99p Store in the town, caused her scalp to itch and turn red after just the third use. Scabs then formed which later began to bleed.

She said: ‘You’d itch so vigorously and then it would kind of scab and then the next time you would itch it would make a certain patch bleed.

A probe by TV show Fake Britain found counterfeit bottles of Head and Canada Goose Online Shoulders in B Stores (file picture).

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