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Knorr is owned by Unilever, and makes chicken cubes and condiments; Lee Kum Kee is a well-known Hong Kong brand famous for its oyster sauces.
According to the Beijing News, about 100 million yuan ($14.5 million) worth of fake products are produced each year in Duliu, the Tianjin town in which the con was uncovered.
The products have been sold across the country, and the ring of factories were in operation for over a decade, said the report.
Ingredients for the fake food seasonings include tap water and industrial-grade salt, which is banned from human consumption in China because it can cause damage to the liver and kidneys due to the presence of cancer-causing agents and heavy metals.