Importer of fake ‘Made-in-Taiwan’ masks apologizes for lying to customers

Taiwan mask-maker says that though his behavior may be bad, his products are not

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/09/07
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Lin Ming-chin apologizes for importing masks from China and selling them as Taiwanese.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Lin Ming-chin (林明進), owner of Taiwanese mask supplier Carry Mask on Monday (Sept. 7) apologized to the public for importing over 3.3 million masks from China and mislabeling them as Taiwanese.

Earlier last week, a pharmacist in New Taipei City's Sanchong District discovered that a mask shipment from Carry Mask contained packages with simplified Chinese characters. It was later confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the company, which was a member of Taiwan's "National Face Mask Team," had imported an overwhelming amount of non-medical grade masks from China and sold them as government-rationed masks.

On Thursday (Sept. 3), Lin admitted he had commissioned a Chinese company to manufacture the masks but refused to acknowledge his mistakes. He also criticized the government for putting too much pressure on local suppliers and said he had no choice but to seek help from China.

Despite his explanation, the majority of the public did not take his side and believed he was trying to profit from the price difference between the Chinese and Taiwanese masks. Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua (王美花) also criticized Lin for damaging the reputation of other members of the National Face Mask Team, reported CNA.    [FULL  STORY]

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