Nestlé Statement on Fake MAGGI MAGIC SARAP Seized
September 02, 2016
We thank the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Anti Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division of the Philippine National Police (CIDG-PNP) for stepping up efforts to stop the illegal operations of counterfeiters in the country.
The enforcement operations described in the Facebook post of Ms. Mari Tala happened in July 2015, when the CIDG, ably assisted by local Talavera police, raided a residence-cum-warehouse in Talavera, Nueva Ecija, seizing fake MAGGI MAGIC SARAP, along with other fake products.
Since the July 15 raid, we have not received any reports on the presence of fake MAGGI MAGIC SARAP in Talavera.
The manufacture and selling of fake products are in violation of Republic Act 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines) and Republic Act 9711 (Food and Drug Administration Act). Both violations are punishable by imprisonment for two to five years for R.A. 8293 and one to ten years for R.A. 9711. Those found guilty are subject to a fine ranging from PhP50,000 to PhP 500,000.
We have received reports that some market stalls in a few areas of the country have been buying fake MAGGI MAGIC SARAP from illegal operators who sell these fake products at impossibly low prices. These public market stalls then sell these fakes to unsuspecting consumers at regular retail prices.
To protect the welfare of our consumers, we ask those who have been victims of these fake products or know somebody who has been similarly deceived, to report these incidents to Nestlé Consumer Services at hotline 898-0061 (Metro Manila) and 1-800-637853 (provincial areas).
We wish to assure our valued consumers that we are taking all necessary steps to protect the public from unscrupulous illegal operators who engage in the manufacture and/or selling of fake Nestlé products.