By: Lu Chun-gang and Evelyn Kao
The office said it began investigating the case after the Hsinchu City Public Health Bureau received complaints from several members of the public that the supply chain, which owns several stores in the Hsinchu area, was selling surgical masks from unknown sources that were not clearly labeled.
The city bureau found on Friday that the store chain had violated the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act and levied a fine of NT$1 million (US$33,964).
Upon being informed of the case, the Hsinchu District Prosecutors Office formed a special investigation team with the Criminal Investigation Bureau and Hsinchu police, the office said, searching eight branches of the store in Hsinchu County and city and seizing more than 16,900 suspicious masks. [FULL STORY]