England firm warns Africans, says fake earrings can lead to cancer, loss of ear

Contact DermatitisThe management of  Caress Manufacturing Company has warned Nigerians and other African countries on the alleged usage of fake earring and piercing kit for new born children.

The company through its Business Development Manager, Samantha Nicholson said that the usage of the fake piercing kit can cause loss of ear and cancer. She explained that the fake earrings are made from brass which can cause irritation and other skin and ear reaction.

According to Samantha, “Brass can cause an allergic reaction leading to a skin infection (pictures attached). Common reactions are spots, rashes. Skin might get itchy, dry and irritated and appear red, flakey or scaly. Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Ivory Coast are the main countries that are prone to this fake product.”

contactdermatitisShe further explained that piercing kits and earrings are to be made from good environment and gold, “The quality of our product is of utmost important to us. We provide a range of hypo allergenic 24 carat gold plated studs.

Our 24 carat gold plated studs are produced in our ISO 9001 accredited UK factory and assembled in a clean air environment so you can be assured that they are of the highest standards. “The metal we use is medical grade stainless steel with at least two microns of gold plate.

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We’ve found with most fake studs they are made with brass with just a flash of gold. Not only is this a health hazard but also the studs will tarnish quickly and won’t last long

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Samantha revealed that the 30 years old manufacturing company is sounding the warning gong because there are Chinese companies supplying Nigerian and African Market with fake earrings and piercing kits. “We are facing problems with China producing inferior and cheap imitations of our studs. They are trying to pass them off as our best-selling No1 Original Studs. Not only is this an infringement on our trademark it’s also damaging our brand by supplying substandard products illegally under our name.

We are working with our attorney’s in Nigeria to try and get these fakes off the market place and prosecute anyone that is selling these illegal and unsafe products.

“Some of the fakes has ‘Made in England’ tag and use their name but customers can identify it still. Our product has a flexible pack and transparent back and name of the product on each of the goods,” she added.

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