Nearly 100,000 counterfeit masks seized, one arrested
Friday, October 30, 2020
The Hong Kong Customs seized about 100,000 suspected counterfeit 3M N95 medical-grade masks, worth HK$3 million.
Senior Superintendent Tse Kwok-keung of the intellectual property investigation bureau, said the mass were found in a warehouse in Yuen Long. Customs also raided a trading company office in San Po Kong and a flat in Kowloon City. A 71-year-old man was arrested. He was the person in charge of the trading company.
Tse said the masks are said to be medical-grade, liquid-proof and can filter out suspended particles transmitted through the air. The price is 25 times more expensive than regular surgical masks too.
They resemble the real item in color, size, and packaging. "But the text printed on the product is relatively blurry compared to the real ones,” Tse added. Laboratory tests will check the bacterial count.
Since late January this year, the customs had seized over 6 million surgical masks believed to be counterfeits.