China pair accused of Gillette sharp practice

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BEIJING, Sep 19 (Reuters) Two Chinese brothers have been charged with making 160,000 fake ''Gillette'' razor blades, the latest in a series of product and piracy scandals to hit the country.

The brothers, surnamed Zhang, were accused of assembling Gillette Mach 3 razor blades at home with family members without the permission from Gillette (China), Xinhua news agency said today, quoting prosecutors in Wenzhou in Zhejiang province.

Authorities raided the home on July 4 last year, confiscating more than 30,000 blades. More than 120,000 blades had been transported to Shanghai, according to the brothers' statement, Xinhua said.

''It is estimated the counterfeits were worth about 336,000 dollars based on the average market price in Wenzhou,'' it said.

Pirated goods ranging from drugs and designer bags to golf clubs and DVDs have become a major source of friction between Beijing and Washington.

China is also embroiled in a series of food and product safety scandals ranging from toys and toothpaste to drugs and food.

REUTERS SG KP1512

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