Authorities have found more than 300,000 items of substandard products in the Bangkok-based Donmuang Modern Market. Widely known as a big cosmetics marketplace, the market spans over 2.9 hectares of land in the capital's Don Muang district.
"After searching 259 shops at this market, we have found that 186 of them sold suspicious products," Deputy National Police Commissioner Pol General Wirachai Songmetta said yesterday. He was speaking at the end of a search lasting several days.
Hundreds of policemen, policewomen and officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) joined forces to scour the market in the wake of scandals exposing that even widely-known local brands such as Magic Skin, which hired several celebrities to endorse its products, were allegedly producing substandard items.
Donmuang Modern Market became the focus of a probe because it is a large base for cosmetics distribution.
As the probe has dug deeper, the market operator has apparently fallen into bigger trouble.