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Public Warned About Fake Tide Laundry Detergent (Photos)

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Shoppers should avoid purchasing fake Tide laundry detergent as it could be unsafe.

The counterfeit detergent comes in a large 20-pound bucket that reads "Tide" but is not manufactured by Procter & Gamble, the company that makes Tide, KXAN reports.

"We do not sell product in 5 gallon buckets to consumers," the company posted on its official Twitter account in response to an individual's doubts about the knockoff. "We cannot guarantee its safety or quality. Thank you for checking."

So far, people have come across the fake laundry detergent in various stores in Texas.

At a grocery store in Austin, customers could buy the product at $22.98 which is significantly cheaper than the genuine Tide detergent made in the U.S., which costs around $10 for a 3.5-pound box.

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The bucket's label is also in Vietnamese and says that it's meant for sale Vietnam.

The store's manager says he didn't know it was a fake and that he's now trying to get in touch with the supplier.

News of the laundry powder quickly captured the attention of internet users.

"I hope for the sake of Procter & Gamble that no one is injured or sickened by this phone product," said one person in KXAN's comments section. "Because if they are, P&G will be sued, any way."

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Others debated whether it really was a fake.

"They didn't deny that they sell it in 5 gallons," commented another. "It could be counterfeit or it could be legit just gray market, hence the label saying it's supposed to only be sold in Vietnam."

However, if fake, it would not be the first time Procter & Gamble has dealt with counterfeits.

In June 2016, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department found more than 400 buckets of counterfeit laundry detergent in the city, ABC News reports.

It's a growing trend.

"We started seeing this really escalate starting about a year ago," Procter & Gamble spokeswoman Anne Candido said at the time. "It’s showing up all over the place and the social media is the enabler."

Authorities explained criminals believe it's easier to counterfeit laundry detergent than other types of contraband.

"These guys are driving around with van loads of this stuff every day like it’s nothing," said Lt. Geoffrey Deedrick of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Counterfeit and Piracy Team. "If you made just as much money selling counterfeit Tide as heroin, what would you choose? The Tide."

Sources: KXAN, Tide/Twitter, ABC News / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Tide, Tide/Twitter

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