Mask panic-buying returns: 500,000 boxes preordered in 8 minutes (2020/08/13)
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    Mask panic-buying returns: 500,000 boxes preordered in 8 minutes (2020/08/13)

    Face mask panic-buying has set in again with the rise in Taiwan's COVID cases. This morning at a national supermarket chain, preorders opened for 50,000 boxes of medical-grade masks. According to the supermarket, the entire supply was snapped up in eight minutes. Amid the surging demand for protective gear, face masks falsely labeled as "made-in-Taiwan" have surfaced on the market. Customs officials recently seized more than 140,000 Chinese-made masks being marketed as MIT.

    The supermarket isn’t yet open, and the roll-up door is only raised halfway. But a long line is already waiting outside to order masks.

    Some arrived to queue at four in the morning. At this supermarket chain, 50,000 boxes of medical-grade masks were available nationwide, with preorders limited to five boxes per person. Eight minutes into ordering, the entire supply was spoken for. It’s a stunning resurgence of face mask panic-buying, made worse by reports of fake masks.

    Shen Tsai-ying
    All the relevant laws and regulations prohibit selling face masks in loose small quantities. When the government created the real-name mask rationing system, it set a precedent for selling loose masks. This led community pharmacies to mistakenly believe that masks can be sold in such a way.

    The pharmacist said that it’s illegal to sell masks loose, according to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act. Shoppers should choose masks with complete packaging. Look for a medical supplies license number, a CNS mark number, a lot number, and manufacturing date.
    Shen Tsai-ying
    Many fake products are stamped with the exactly same manufacturing date and lot number. Lots of products like that can be quickly rolled out to market. So consumers, when you buy a product and you want to know if it’s the genuine article or a counterfeit, you can call up the company to ask.

    It can be hard to spot a fake with the naked eye. Even masks printed with the letters MIT may not be the real deal. When in doubt, check the carton numbers with the manufacturer. The pharmacist says one phone call can make it clear whether your money was spent on protective gear that truly protects.
    中文 Chinese  
    口罩再現搶購潮 超市5萬盒8分鐘賣完




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