1.2 million doses of ‘aspirin’ seized


French customs officers have seized 1.2 million doses of counterfeit aspirin from China, the biggest haul of fake medicines ever in the European Union, France’s Economy Ministry announced Saturday.

The goods, confiscated May 17 in the northwestern port of Le Havre, were hidden in a cargo of tea that had arrived from China, the ministry said in a statement. The powder was mostly glucose and contained no active ingredients.

The fake aspirin was to have been sent to a Spanish company based in the Balearic Islands for distribution in the Iberian Peninsula, the south of France and French-speaking parts of Africa, the ministry said.