Consumer protection police and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials seized a large quantity of falsely labelled, sub-standard products worth about 30 million baht at a warehouse in Khlong Luang district, Pathum Thani province.
The raid followed complaints made to the Consumer Protection Police Division (CPPD) that a large quantity of fake and low quality products – cosmetics, medicines, herbal products and medical equipment – were on sale through various online platforms.
An investigation revealed that imitation products illegally imported from China were being stored in a warehouse in Khlong Luang district.
On Monday, with a search warrant from Pathum Thani Provincial Court, police and FDA officials raided the warehouse and found 142 illegal items.
They included medical equipment, such as fingertip oximeters, temperature scanners, oxygen generators and blood pressure monitors, along with falsely labelled cosmetics, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, hair cleansers and tooth-whitening products, medicines and herbal products.
The goods were fake and sub-standard, but estimated to have a retail value around 30 million baht.
A Chinese woman introduced herself to the authorities as the distributor of the products.
A house in Khlong Luang district was also searched. A Chinese man claimed he was in charge of the house, which had been used as a distribution centre. Six computers and about 60 mobile phones were found in the house.
The two Chinese nationals and the seized items were handed over to the CPPD’s 4th sub-division for legal proceedings under the Medicine Act of 1967, the Cosmetic Act of 1992, the Medical Equipment Act of 2008 and the Herbs Act of 2019.
FDA deputy secretary-general Veerachai Nalawachai warned consumers against buying health products online, particularly medicines. He said the FDA prohibits sales of medicines online.