Kaohsiung, The owner of a company in Tainan was detained Wednesday for allegedly selling falsely labeled non-medical grade masks from China and Vietnam, according to the Ciaotou District Prosecutors Office.
The company owner, Huang Chao-yu (黃朝玉), is suspected of repackaging the masks in boxes and plastic bags labeled “Three-layered medical grade masks, Made in Taiwan, Approved by the Food and Drug Administration,” prosecutors said.
Some of the boxes also bore the counterfeit trademark of another Taiwanese company, they said.
On Wednesday, a Kaohsiung court granted prosecutors’ request for Huang to be held in detention after he was summoned for questioning the previous day, the prosecutors’ office said.
In a press statement, the office said it began looking into the case after it received a tip-off, and prosecutors on Tuesday went to two locations in Kaohsiung that were selling the falsely labeled masks.
The masks were traced to Huang’s company, and when prosecutors searched one of the company’s warehouses the same day, they found 15,000 masks, 500 packaging boxes and 2,000 labels, according to the statement.
An initial investigation found that 200 boxes of the masks had already been sold, prosecutors said.
The office said will continue its investigations to determine the source of the masks and find other places in Taiwan where they may have been sold.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel