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Profeco finds jewelers selling plastic as opal

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — More than a dozen shops around Playa del Carmen and Cozumel have been closed for selling fake jewelry.

The Federal Prosecutor of the Consumer (Profeco) confiscated nearly 3,500 pieces of jewelry that was plastic being sold as opal. Store managers and owners were asked to document the origin and authenticity of the alleged opal that is marketed throughout the main tourist destinations.

In a press release, Rafael Ochoa Morales acting as Federal Consumer Attorney, led a verification operation in Riviera Maya jewelry stores to review the authenticity of the product being sold as opal. He says that the merchandise being sold does not meet the quality, origin and information specifications.

Profeco officials announced that during their checks, 15 jewelry shops around Playa del Carmen and Cozumel were suspended for selling synthetic material as opal and other jewelry products of silver that did not comply with Mexican Official Standard for the sale of silver. They also sanctioned shops for failing to exhibit the current exchange rate since the pieces were not being offered in national currency.

The checks were planned as part of the upcoming summer tourist season.