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Nearly 1,500 fake face masks seized in UAE

 

DUBAI – More than 1,470 fake face masks were seized in Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain as authorities cracked down on traders taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis.

In Fujairah, 700 fake face masks were seized this week during an inspection campaign in the emirate, according to the Fujairah Municipality.

The masks were from an unknown origin and did not meet health and safety standards, said Fujairah Municipality Director-General Hassan Salem Al Yamahi.

Al Yamahi said the masks that were seized posed as a risk to public health and safety.

“Our inspection teams are deployed to curb any practice to exploit the market, and stiff penalties, including hefty fines and closure, shall be slapped on violators,” he said, urging the public to report violators through the hotlines 092443399 or 80036 or through the smartFUJAIRAH app.

Earlier this week, the Fujairah Municipality shut down pharmacies and stores in the emirate for overpricing face masks and seized up to 18,650 face masks from the outlets.

In Umm Al Quwain, more than 770 fake masks were seized from a pharmacy and an outlet following an inspection by the consumer protection team of the Department of Economic Development. Inspectors also shut down the premises. ICA/Expat Media

 

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