Counterfeit Masks Sold to Local Pharmacy |"國家口罩隊"品牌遭盜用 藥局誤進假貨


Authorities have intensified their crack down on fraudulent face masks that claim to be made in Taiwan. A total of 140,000 pieces from China and Hong Kong have been taken off the market.


As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, Taiwan has also seen an increase of imported cases recently, making face masks a daily necessity. However, dishonest vendors have been found selling masks that claim to be made by the "National Mask Team" factories. A chain pharmacy also fell victim to the counterfeits. It is even harder for consumers to distinguish.

I would do some research before buying. I would buy the masks from trustworthy online platforms such as PChome or Rakuten.

I don't buy the masks online. What would I do if I bought the ones that are made in China?

To prevent fraudulent face masks from flooding the market, the Customs Administration of the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has intensified its crackdown: After 7,350 pieces that were deceptively labelled as "made in Taiwan" were seized on the tenth; another 135,000 counterfeit masks were also discovered. A total of over 140,000 pieces made in China or Hong Kong have been taken off the market in just two days.

When we randomly tested the masks, the bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) of these masks which were made in China only stands at 10 percent. The low BFE means the masks cannot prevent or filter out virus and bacteria. The masks might not even have the preventative effect as those of cloth masks.

A pharmacist said as surgical masks are considered a medical device, they can only be sold by those with medical device permit license issued by local health bureaus. Consumers are advised to ensure if the package is intact, and look for complete label information such as product name and manufacturer information. Most important of all, the package should have a license number on it, which can be entered on the FDA website to verify the authenticity.



武漢肺炎疫情持續肆虐全球,國內武漢肺炎境外移入案例也增加,口罩已變成是民生必需品,但現在卻傳出有不肖業者,盜用國家口罩隊品牌出廠口罩,導致有連鎖藥局進貨後,發現竟然是假貨,消費者根本難以分辨。

民眾表示:「會先查再買,譬如說PChome、樂天,這種比較會讓人家相信的網站去買。」

民眾表示:「像我上網,都不敢買。你上網,萬一買到大陸的怎麼辦?」

為了杜絕假口罩在市場上流竄情形,財政部關務署也進行加強查緝,10號才查獲7350片偽標產地「MADE IN TAIWAN」的口罩,11號又查到偽標口罩共315件、高達13.3萬片,兩天內已查獲超過14萬件,全都來自中國或香港,開業藥師表示,這些假口罩完全沒有正規醫用口罩的保護力,民眾其實很難用肉眼去辨識,一旦誤用會讓保護力下降,容易造成防疫破口。

開業藥師 沈采穎表示:「在臨床上的一個抽驗,大陸製的口罩,它的這個,等於說是BFE(細菌過濾效率)這個部分的,等於說它的過濾率,可能只有10%,並沒有辦法預防這個病毒,跟細菌的一個過濾,搞不好連布口罩的效果都沒有。」

藥師表示,醫用口罩是醫療器材的一種,販賣必須先取得法定執照,也就是各縣市衛生局核發的「販賣業藥商許可執照」,才能販售,因此民眾在挑選口罩時,除了要注意包裝完整性、也要注意包裝須揭露完整品名、詳細的廠商資訊,最重要的是包裝上是否有許可證字號,並到食藥署官網輸入資訊查詢,才能避免買到仿冒品。

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