The US Justice Department sued a Chinese company for selling nearly a half million fake N95 face masks to US buyers in April this year.
According to the department, Guangdong based King Year Packaging and Printing shipped three batches of purported N95 masks needed to protect medical personnels from the novel pandemic.
The complaint was filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. It stated that the Chinese company falsely claimed the 495,200 masks it shipped met the N95 standard.
They also falsely claimed they were certified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
More than $1 million was paid for the product. The Chinese firm was charged with four counts of importing misbranded and substandard health products to the US Food and Drug Administration. Each charge carries $500,000 or twice what the company earned in selling the masks.