3 punished over sale of fake olive oil in China

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Three people have been charged with selling more than 200,000 yuan (US$32,200) worth of olive oil that was falsely branded and past its expiration date, police in Qingpu District said yesterday.

The gang comprised two men, surnamed Hong and Yao, both of whom have been taken into custody, and a woman surnamed Zhang, who is Yao’s wife and was bailed because she is pregnant, they said.

The suspects are alleged to have purchased olive oil that was nearing its expiration date, rebranding it with fake labels and selling it via Taobao.com.

The fake bottles were sold for about two-thirds of the price of the real thing, police said.

Samples of the fake oil were sent for laboratory testing and found to be safe for human consumption, they said.

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