Members of the Philippine Coast Guard, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and Bureau of Customs yesterday raided a warehouse in Parañaque City where countless face shields were being kept.
The face shields, which were supposedly copycats of the brand Heng De, were found after the agencies received a complaint from an unidentified person. Customs official Alvin Enciso said the products, worth PHP70 million (US$1.5 million), were smuggled from China. The products didn’t go through proper inspection and could possibly be unregistered with the Food and Drug Administration, ABS-CBN News reports.
Jimmy de Leon of the NBI said the face shields may be fake. They will be inspected by Heng De and will be destroyed.
“It is dangerous to the public for them to use something fake. In the first place, they were not checked by the proper authorities like the FDA so we cannot assure the efficacy and security purpose by which the face shield was used,” De Leon said.
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