Supplier detained for selling masks from unknown sources

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/16/2020
By: Lu Chun-gang and Evelyn Kao

The seized face masks. Photo courtesy of the Hsinchu City Public Health Bureau

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) The head of a pharmaceutical supply chain has been detained and held incommunicado for selling surgical masks from unknown sources and falsely labeling them, the Hsinchu Prosecutors Office said in a statement on Saturday.

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]

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