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Trading standards officers intercept fake certificates for face masks at Stansted Airport

Trading standards officers working at Stansted Airport’s freight hubs have discovered fake certificates for imported face masks.

The Essex County Council staff, who look for unsafe and non-compliant goods entering the UK, said that “opportunistic” and inexperienced importers, who do not usually deal in the tightly regulated area of personal protective equipment (PPE), were falling victim to false reassurance being provided by invalid or bogus test certificates.

These falsely claim that the masks meet strict standards for filtration and user protection. The checked shipments were all outside of the NHS and front-line supply chain.

Fake PPE certificate (38516540)
Fake PPE certificate (38516540)

One of the worthless pieces of paper produced by an importer of face masks was from Vic Testing of north London, a non-existent test house with fake employees on its website, set up by a Chinese entrepreneur to help his clients evade detection of their non-compliant consignments at the border.

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