To avoid face masks made in China from entering the market, the Executive Yuan passed a resolution requiring Taiwan's national face mask production team to imprint the words "Made in Taiwan," or "MD" on their products.
People wait in line to buy masks at a pharmacy. Recently, it was discovered that mask producer "Carry Hi-Tech," a member of Taiwan's national face mask production team, had been importing masks from China, passing them off as its own medical-grade masks, and selling them through the name-based mask distribution system. However, most people still have confidence in the national team.
I've inspected them, but I didn't get any of those (nonmedical-grade masks made in China). It was probably only that particular manufacturer that imported those masks.
Pharmacies are currently processing returns for "Carry Hi-Tech" masks. During the past four days, over 1.43 million masks have been returned. The majority were returned in New Taipei City, followed by Yilan County and Taipei City. At present, there are no uniform standards for what can be imprinted on the masks produced by the national team. Some masks have the words "Made in Taiwan," while others bear the brand name. Pharmacies and residents say there should be a uniform standard to make masks produced by the national team for the name-based mask distribution system easier to identify.
If there is a uniform standard for what can be imprinted, then people will have fewer doubts. This situation with Carry Hi-Tech caused people to panic. I've seen people with masks that don't have the words "Carry mask" or "MIT" and they're worried that there are problems with those masks.
On Sept. 7, the Executive Yuan convened a cross-ministry meeting to discuss this mask scandal and the Ministry of Economic Affairs gave a report. The Executive Yuan passed a resolution to require all members of Taiwan's national face mask production team to imprint the words "Made in Taiwan," "Medical," or "MD" on their products. More details will be announced shortly, and this new measure will be implemented within half a month at the earliest.
I don't think it will take that long. We'll work as fast as we can so that consumers will be able to clearly select and use masks made by our national team. We hope indications can be clear to ease everyone's minds.
Meanwhile, Executive Yuan spokesperson Evian Ting said an investigation is already underway to determine if there are companies passing off Chinese-made nonmedical-grade masks as national team masks. So far, only Carry Hi-Tech has been identified. Another national team manufacturer that imported nonmedical-grade masks and repackaged them as medical-grade masks but did not sell them through the name-based mask distribution system is also under investigation to determine if it sought to gain profit through underhanded means.
藥師公會全聯會副發言人 王明媛表示：「統一這樣子的鋼印字樣的話，民眾也會比較少掉一層疑慮。民眾經歷"加利口罩"的事件來說，他會恐慌，像我也遇到，它不是印"Carry mask"，可是他就是拿著，完全沒有MIT的鋼印，他就會擔心說，那你這個，倒底有沒有問題？」