Person in Charge of Flowflex Rapid Tests Released on Bail 富樂快篩劑疑陸貨貼美製 大鑫負責人交保

Problematic rapid tests were recently reported in both Taichung and Kaohsiung. An investigation centered on the importer, Safeway OA Supply Co., and officials searched five locations and called in five people for questioning.


People who received problematic rapid tests as part of care packages in Kaohsiung can exchange them until the end of the month.

Resident: “I'm okay, I'll be fine as long as I don't have problems later on.”

Recently, people reported problems with Flowflex rapid tests purchased by the Taichung and Kaohsiung governments. Officials launched an investigation on June 13, searching five locations, including the warehouse of importer Safeway OA Supply Co. and the home of its person in charge. They confiscated 450,000 rapid tests, and called in five people for questioning, including the person in charge and the chief executive, a man surnamed Chu and a man surnamed Huang, respectively. Chu was released on NT$1 million in bail after being questioned, while the Hsinchu District Prosecutors Office applied to a court to keep Huang detained because he is suspected of collusion.

Head Prosecutor, Hsinchu District Prosecutors Office: “The man surnamed Huang violated the Medical Devices Act, and chapters on fraudulence and offenses against agriculture, industry, and commerce in the Criminal Code. There is also the risk of collusion to repeatedly commit fraud, so we have applied to the Hsinchu District Court to keep him detained and without visitation privileges.”

Prosecutors found the company had won bids to supply 10 government agencies, including the Ministry of National Defense, the Taichung City Government, Kaohsiung City Government, and Hsinchu County's Zhubei City Office. The central government authorized the use of a rapid test produced in the U.S. by Flowflex, but what Safeway OA Supply imported was Chinese-made Flowflex rapid tests. After they arrived in Taiwan by air, stickers were added to the packaging to say that they were made in the U.S. The company imported 2.37 million tests, and 1.92 million had already been handed out. This included 3,100 purchased by the Zhubei City Office for the use of disease prevention workers. All the tests will be recalled. It is unknown whether Flowflex in China counterfeited the tests. 

Kuo Han-chang, Chief Secretary, Zhubei City Office, Hsinchu County: “Regarding the issue of reputation, if the court makes a ruling, then the city office will follow up by looking into accountability.”

The office said it will wait until a court makes a decision and then use legal measures. Kaohsiung will exchange the problematic rapid tests. It has exchanged 30,000 as of June 12. The Taichung City Government said it will wait until prosecutors complete their investigation before seeking compensation from the importer.

 

 

 

一次拿到2盒問題快篩試劑,民眾趕緊到關懷包得來更換。市府將受理民眾更換問題試劑到這月底。

民眾說:「我OK呀,只要後面沒問題就好了。」

高雄與台中所採購的富樂快篩試劑異常,檢調13日上午搜索進口商大鑫公司的倉庫、負責人住家等5處,查扣45萬支試劑,也約談負責人朱姓男子、大鑫執行長黃姓男子等5人,訊後負責人100萬元交保,執行長因有串供等嫌疑,新竹地檢署向法院聲請羈押禁見。

新竹地檢署主任檢察官鄒茂瑜表示:「黃姓男子違反醫療器材管理法,刑法詐欺及妨害農工商等罪嫌重大,且有串證反覆實施詐欺罪之虞,已向台灣新竹地方法院聲請羈押禁見。」

檢方查出,大鑫公司標到國防部、台中市府、高雄市府、新竹縣竹北市公所等10幾件政府採購標案,但中央所核准的是美國製富樂快篩試劑,大鑫卻進口中國製富樂快篩,空運來台後再改標貼上美國製,總計進口約237萬劑,已有192萬劑流入市面。其中竹北市公所就採購3100劑提供防疫人員使用,將會全面回收。至於中國富樂是否仿冒美國原廠,檢調還要進一步調查,

新竹縣竹北市公所主任秘書郭漢章表示:「名譽的問題,我們這邊如果市公所會對後續,如果對於法院那邊有判決出來,我們公所這邊會來做後續的追究責任。」

竹北市公所表示,等法院判決出爐將採取法律手段,高雄也持續受理民眾更換問題試劑,到12號日為止回收3萬劑,台中市則表示,將視檢方調查結果對大鑫進行求償。

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