Shanghai police has reported that five suspects have been detained over allegations they were illegally selling oranges repackaged in boxes from a well-known brand. Fruit worth over 3 million yuan (US$456,000) had already been sold, which were advertised as "Chu’s oranges".
Chu’s oranges are produced by Chu’s Agriculture in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. These oranges are usually sold from September to December, so the fake ones sold in January drew the attention of the authorities.
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The fake Chu’s oranges were sold by Internet shops owned by a couple in central China’s Hunan Province, but the oranges were first delivered from Yunnan, police said. The suspects are said to have bought fake packaging from people who are still being sought.