Council say they will prosecute anyone found to be selling such products
More than half a million substandard face masks and thousands of bottles of illegal hand-sanitiser have been seized by trading standards officers in Southall.
Inspections were made at importers last week (20 April 2020) and
masks found were of such poor quality that some fell apart during the inspection.
The masks didn't match the description on the packaging and lacked legitimate documentation from the importer.
The items also displayed a false “CE” certification logo giving the indication that they had been CE certified approved. There were also no importers details on the items, making it impossible to accurately trace where they had come from.
At another premises, officers found a further 454,500 face masks suspected of failing to meet legal standards.
One safety certificate supplied with the masks was proven to be fake and further investigations are ongoing.
Officers also seized approximately 2,600 bottles of hand sanitiser which did not comply with the law and had no importer details provided.
Following these inspections, the council is currently carrying out criminal investigations.
Councillor Joanna Camadoo-Rothwell, cabinet member for community safety and inclusion said: “It is sad that a small minority of irresponsible businesses show a total disregard for the wellbeing of consumers and are seeking to exploit the current pandemic for personal gain.
“Fortunately, we were able to intercept these products before they were released on to the market as clearly, they had not been put through any safety testing and might give users a false sense of protection.
“We will remain vigilant and work hard to prevent members of the public from being scammed by unscrupulous traders who want to capitalise on the current situation.
“We will prosecute anyone found selling these illegal items as part of our commitment to making Ealing safer.”
April 28, 2020